Ideas for Violating Folkways | Culture & Society
here is toni dance around town violating some folkways.
The mores are much stronger norms. People attach a moral significance to them and treat violations of them very seriously. A man who walks down a street wearing nothing on the upper half of his body is violating a folkway; a man who walks down the street wearing nothing on the lower half of his body is violating one of our most important mores. Theft, drug abuse, murder, rape, desecration of the Pakistani flag, or contemptuous use of religious symbols all excite a strong social reaction. People believe that their mores are crucial for the maintenance of decent and orderly society, and the Folkways
Violating a folkway does not usually have serious consequences.
The folkways are the ordinary usages and conventions of everyday life. Conformity to them is expected but is not absolutely insisted upon We expect people to refrain from blowing their noses in public, to turn up on time for appointments, and to wear a matching pair of shoes. Those who do not conform to these and similar folkways are considered peculiar and unconventional, particularly if they consistently violate a number of folkways. But they are not considered immoral or corrupt, nor are they treated as criminal’. People are not deeply outraged by violations of folkways and on the whole are tolerant of a certain amount of nonconformity to them.
For this assignment I chose this particular research option because I am very interested in people’s reactions to experiencing things they are not used to, I also do not embarrass easily. My research involved intentionally violating common folkways in the presence of family, co-workers and strangers. After breaking common norms I than analyzed the results and recorded them below.