Social Norm Violation
As soon as we are born, we begin the process of socialization, defined as the life long process of learning to become a member of society. Each society and culture has definite principles, expectation and rules. They can either be formal written laws or informal rules created by a culture. These are known as social norms. Social norms are part of the basics of culture, which we learn during primary socialization. When social norms are broken in public it typically does not go unnoticed or without reaction. In this paper I will discuss how I used ethnomethodology to understand the rules of society. In my experiment I chose to use deviance in the elevator. Specifically the elevator in my resident hall, Kirwan Tower. For a couple days when I would come back from class, I would observe social behavior in the elevator. Peoples’ behavior in the elevator was to stand facing the door. In general everyone just press their floor button, or ask others to press their floor for them. No one really made eye contact with anyone, and lots of people just looked down or at their phone until they had to get off. Other than asking what floor someone needed, there was little socialization during the elevator ride; the only people that talked were friends that had got on the elevator together. In general, I noticed what Goffman called civil inattention in the elevator. People recognized each other but were hostile, with little to none interaction. In order to violate a social norm in the elevator, I introduced myself when getting on the elevator, and tried to hold a conversation. To begin my experiment I would walk on and said hi my name is Madison, from there I pressed my floor button. If people responded from there I would try to continue the conversation. Only two responded to me introducing myself during the 4 elevator rides, one just said hi and the other introduced himself. Everyone else on the elevator had many different reactions. The first ride...
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