Mores Other Norms Sociology Help

Norms
Value provide ideals or beliefs nbout behavior hut do not suue explicitly how we should behave. Norms, on the other hand. do have specific behavioral expectations. Norms are established rules of behavior or standards of conduct. Prescriptive norms stale what behavior is appropriate or acceptable. For example, persons making a certain amount of money are expected to file a tax return and pay any taxes they owe. Norms based on custom direct us to open a door for a person carrying a heavy load. By contrast, proscriptive norms state what behavior is inappropriate or unacceptable, Laws that prohibit us from driving over the speed limit and “good manners” that preclude you from talking on your cell phone during class are examples. Prescriptive and proscriptive norms operate at all levels of society, from our everyday actions to the formulation of laws

Posted on September 6, 2014 in Culture

Share the Story

About the Author

Back to Top
Share This