Introduction to Sociology 190
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 atmosphere inside the bowling alley was filled with laughter, people of all ages engaging in conversation, sounds of coins dropping in video games, NASCAR racing on the video monitors, bowling balls thudding against the floor, and pins being slammed to the side walls of the alley cavity. The aroma of pizza, onion rings, and fries become stronger as walk down the aisle to find a place for my observation. On lanes 6 and 7 there are seven Latino teenage boys about to start bowling ages 10 – 15 years in age, they are communicating in the Spanish language. Language is “an abstract system of word meanings and symbols for all aspects of culture.” There are four teens dressed in urban style clothing, jeans sagging oversized shirts, and Nike gym shoes. The last three youths are dressed as skateboarders with DC gym shoes skinny leg jeans and shirts. These groups of teens are wild and happy to be around each other. Group “any number of people with similar norms, values, and expectations who interact with one another on regular basis.” As the group starts to bowl, there seems to be dominate teen male that seems to take charge of the group, by entering names on the scoreboard, and setting the order of who bowls first. All the teens gather...
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