amu soci111 observation paper

1152 Words Oct 12th, 2014 5 Pages
Norm Breaking Observation

Utilizing the research of Henslin (2013), and the my own norm breaking experience, this paper reflects understanding of how social norms define the society that they are applied to. Also identified, are the ways that subcultures react to certain norm breaking differently as well as reactions to deviance through use of folkway and sanctions. This paper examines the experience
I encountered while observing reactions to my norm breaking experiment of bathing in a tourist destination waterfall.
Keywords: norms, folkway, deviance, subculture, sanctions
Sunday 15 June 2014, traditionally associated with Father’s
…show more content…
Even more fascinating three children and a couple, seemingly unrelated, came down and started to play under the falls as well.
The Deviance Present
Deviance is present when there is a “violation of the norms” (Henslin, 2013). There was deviance present when I walked under the waterfall since that was a violation of the norms for the park. Although there were no signs or rules against going under the waterfall, since there was an observation deck the norm was to say on the pre designated spot to watch the falls.
The Reaction as Sanctions
The reactions of deviance are often expressed through the use of sanctions. Sanctions are defined by Henslin as “either expressions of approval given to people for upholding norms or expressions of disapproval for violating them” (2013). In the case that I presented, sanctions for my actions were positive. This is extremely odd as usually negative sanctions are awarded to those who break social norms, or are deviant. The positive sanctions that I noticed were smiles and laughter as well as people joining in my rule breaking.
The Folkways
With the lack of outrage over my actions in the park, it is safe to assume that the norm that I broke was a folkway. A folkway is a sociological term used for norms that most people do not care too strongly if you break them (Henslin, 2013). During my excursion, I

Related Documents