Author: Paul Hannan

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

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Terms to Know

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


Elevated norms with a moral dimensions that are widely observed.


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.


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