Essay on the Social Norms in the Walking Dead

2123 Words Apr 23rd, 2015 9 Pages
Tara Mahamad
Ms. Leggo

Social Norms portrayed in The Walking Dead

In The Walking Dead's post-apocalyptic world, there is no true form of government, no law enforcement, money has absolutely no value whatsoever, there are no emergency respondents, and there is no clearly defined social structure. This is a world where someone may be your neighbor on one occasion, and the next day they may have been turned into a walker, putting you into a predicament where you must make the decision as to whether or not you will be eaten by the “walking dead”, or you will slay them. People literally abandon their cars on the highways and run for shelter. While survivors hide away in basements and closets, trying to keep
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This is a rough broken down example of the social control theory.
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