Social Observation Essay

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Social Observation

Introduction to Sociology 190
Section D097

Social Observation

For my social observation project I’ve chosen to study life at Don Carter lanes located here in the city of Rockford. The main focus of my study is to observer the social norms as defined in Sociology: a brief introduction, by Richard T. Schaefer, a norm is “an established standard of behavior maintained by a society.” I’ll also be observing the informal norms as well. Informal norm is “a norm that is generally understood but not precisely recorded.” I’ll be studying the interactions people have with one another while having fun and enjoyment at Don Carter lanes.

It’s a cold Sunday afternoon the
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The teens bowl without a care in the world laughing joking with one another forgetting about who else is around them. The symbols of high fives, and thumbs up are gestures to the ones picking up spares or getting a strikes as they bowl. As this group of teens continues to bowl, a couple appears in the lane next to the young teens, an adult white female in here late 40s and her husband that is in his late 40s also. The couple seems to be of the middle class as they started to unpack their own bowling balls from their roll around storage cases, it also seems as the couple takes bowling very seriously with all the pro gear they have to go along with bowling. The husband unpacked a very colorful bowling ball with the number 24 on the side, the number of race car driver Jeff Gordon. The husband’s significant other on the other hand has two standard bowling balls one black and the other pink. Significant other is “an individual who is most important in the development of the self, such as parents and their children.”
The husband gathers his wife’s bowling balls wipes them down with a cloth and places them on the rail ready to be used, as the husband walks back the couple meet for a good luck kiss before what seems to be a league bowling tournament that is about to start. The couple looks very serious and focused on the task that sits upon them, as well as other league bowlers start to fill the lanes. The teens that were in the next lane

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