Social Norms: A Social Analysis

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Social etiquette, social norms, or however one might describe it is an evolutionary trait which continuously shapes society. Referred to as an unspoken code of conduct, in society social norms often dictate how people interact with another. From dawn to dusk individuals use social cognition, a process in which a person uses their surrounding environment to make judgements. Across countries this concept assists communities in achieving their daily goal, person a must do what he can to survive while person b must do the same. Adam Smith, a famous world renowned economist described of an invisible hand in the economy and society whereby if privacy and self-interest were accepted it would result in great social benefits. Understandably, everyone …show more content…
To test this, the experimentation takes place in 2 separate scenarios, the first is the violation of personal space in a public bus, and the second is closing a door on those who wish to enter behind me. Like any other public behaviour the importance of setting is crucial to how close or far an individual should be to another person. It is understandable that human contact will be made during rush hour trains or sometimes in public buses. Since we can visualize there is not enough space, we can assume what will happen next. To illustrate this social norm I choose to test how people would react if I asked for their seat while the bus was completely or slightly empty. To start, buses are crucial to any community as they provide transportation; the only reason for a bus is to travel from destination to destination. Therefore social norms have dictated that one must act in a manner to not bother the driver and the other passengers. In order to respect others privacy, if there is an empty seat or area then that is where you should sit, if this general rule is adhered to then it allows for the bus ride to continue smoothly. According to the book, this is a form of a Schema, “which are mental …show more content…
The procedure was to wait for another person or group of individuals who are in close proximity and not allow them to enter through a certain door. As I was observing the general scene the use of automatic thinking was apparent, not surprising as this is the common way of treating other shoppers. If a person was in front of someone then they would typically hold the door for the next person. Humans value normative behaviours as it allows easier organization whether it be social or economic. According to Emotion, Organization and Society, in social gatherings deviant acts are not valued and result in alienation, the article states “social relationships make up organizations but are masked psychologically and without it, the mind becomes alienated and gripped by anxiety” (Hodder p.g 431) . Moving on, after closing the door on the first person, they looked at me in awe and abruptly entered through another door. The second individual also had a look of confusion on their face as to why is this person doing this? After half a dozen tries, the response was become apparent, unsurprisingly, violating a norm as minimal as this had great effects on a person’s body language and facial expressions. A person who had a door closed on them clearly showed

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