Formal Norms Or Folkways In The United States

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Society expects the individuals within it to behave in ways that is thought to be essential for that society to function. These behaviors and customs differ depending on what society an individual lives in. If, for example, one lives in Africa these set of expected behaviors would be much different than ones in the United States. These expectations set by society can be described as either formal norms (moors) or folkways. Breaking a formal norm (moors) is illegal and has the potential of being subjected to punishment and or fines, which is carried out by law enforcement and the court system. However, folkways are a set of customs or rules for behavior that are unwritten and unspoken that individuals within society are expected to conform to.

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