paper on sociology

Submitted By katrynafalkner
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I did not take part in this experiment. I follow the rules set forth by society. I don’t like to draw extra attention to myself or make others feel uncomfortable. I did talk to the bosses at my work, at a grocery store, to see if I could do something out of the norm. The night managers were ok with it, the day managers, however, did not like the idea of me studying the reactions to customers. They wanted me to keep work and school separate. This is a good example of how people follow the norms in life. They don’t want to be singled out and they don’t want to get into trouble. I’ve always seen myself as a rule follower rather than a breaker. My dad taught me to do something right the first time and then you won’t have to repeat it. My dad was in the military before I was born and a lot of that stuff stuck with him, and, in turn, helped me develop my ways. I have always kept to myself. I don’t like to make a scene or make people feel uncomfortable, even if it is to study them. I really feel that it’s wrong to observe people in certain situations to see how they react. But I guess that’s what research is all about. If you let the subjects know what you are trying to research, it will definitely effect the outcome. I have learned that there are different norms. There are formal and informal norms, folkways, mores, taboos, and laws.
Formal norms are written down and given a specific punishment for violation. The best example of this is laws. If they are broken, there is a specific guideline to how you are punished.
Informal norms are unwritten standards, where when broken, violators are given different punishments. For example people with their children, when a child receives a D on their report card, some parents view that as a disappointment and the child will get disciplined for that, to other parents, they are just proud that their kid didn’t receive a F.
Folkways are informal norms that can be violated but will probably not have serious consequences. The book gives examples of hygiene, which is a perfect example of this. If a person chooses not to keep up on their hygiene, they technically won’t be breaking any laws, but they will have to deal with the consequences of nobody wanting to be around them.
Mores are norms that are violated that tend to have stronger consequences. Like in the example above, with the hygiene, at most places of employment you have to be fresh and clean for work. Employers will fire you due to lack of hygiene.
Taboos are strong violations that people don’t want to talk about. The biggest taboo is sex, especially teenage sex. This is 2014 people live together now before marriage. And most adults living together are having sex. It’s just natural. But many religious people frown upon it, an especially don’t want to discuss it, which is why it will continue to be a taboo subject.
Laws are formal norms. They are