A Discussion of the Concept of ‘Norms’

Discuss the concept of ‘norms,’ their role in maintaining value consensus, and explain how they act as mechanisms of social control.

Identify and explain the norm you will violate and explain why violating this norm is frowned upon by members of society. Describe what you did to violate the norm and explain what happened as you carried out this behavior. How did people react to your behavior? Be very detailed. How did you feel as if you were violating the norm, and why did you feel the way you did? What did you learn about how norms exercise social control over individual behavior? Does adhering to social norms facilitate value consensus and stability in society?