Breaking Social Norms

Photo submitted by Marian Askins on 10/18/2010.

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In a recent Introduction to Sociology class, Dr. Jesse Weiss wore this beautiful dress to class. “I was using it as a object lesson for social control and social interaction,” he says. “There are no stated rules that say I cannot dress that way, but something stops me from doing so: informal social control governing acceptable dress. The responses from the class made the point quite well. It is also a good introduction to Breaching Experiments that I have the students engage in. They break minor social norms to examine response to their behavior.”