Week 2 – Norms Violation

For each written assignment, you will write a 2-3 page/500-750 word essay reflecting on the assigned topic for the week. Essays will be graded on how thoroughly you address the question, how well you exhibit higher order thinking in your response.
For this week, you will explore the topic of social norms, norm violations, and deviance.
Assignment Instructions
For this assignment, you will be asked to violate a societal norm and record the reactions to your violation. Violating a norm can involve trying to check out in the express lane with 37 items, talking loudly at a movie theater, sitting right next to a total stranger in a theater when there are 30 or 40 other empty seats, or having a conversation with someone and giving them 6 inches of personal space rather than the customary 18 to 24. The norm you choose to violate is up to you, but the farther you are willing to divorce yourself from your comfort zone, the more pronounced reactions you are likely to receive and the more fodder you will have for your paper.
Before, during, and after your experience, pay careful attention to your own thoughts and feelings as well as the reactions of others and their reactions make you feel. You may inform people of your assignment only after you have completed your norms violation, but not during or before. Once you have selected a norm to violate, answer the following questions in a 2 to 3 page essay:
1) What norm did you violate? Why did you choose this norm to violate and how did you go about doing it?
2) How did you feel before, during, and after the violation? How did others react to you? Was their reaction what you expected? Was your own reaction what you expected?
3) What social sanctions resulted from your norm violation? How were these sanctions enforced? Did you receive any rewards for your norm violation?
4) If you could not change your norm violation, how would others see you and how would you cope? How would it affect your life and those around you? How hard was it to break an unspoken rule? What did it teach you about the experiences of people who don’t “fit in” because they are new to our culture?

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