Author: Sadie Pendaz

This lesson will differentiate and discuss the different types of norms.

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Terms to Know
  • Folkways

    Norms for casual interaction whose violation often has little consequence but are widely observed nonetheless.

  • Mores

    Elevated norms with a moral dimensions that are widely observed.

  • Norms

    Formal and informal rules of conduct and behavioral expectations in social interaction.

  • Prescriptive Norms

    Norms that prescribe what one should do in social interaction.

  • Proscriptive Norms

    Norms that prescribe what one should not do in social interaction.

  • Taboo

    Mores that are proscriptive bans on the worst conduct in society.