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  Norms, in sociology, are rules of conduct which provide guidelines for appropriate behaviour in a range of social contexts. A norm may prescribe a type of behaviour or forbid it. All human groups follow definite types of social norm which are supported by a range of sanctions ranging from public disapproval to execution. DA

See also assimilation; consensus theory; culture; ethnomethodology; exchange; generalized other; internalization; rational choice theory; role; social control; social integration; socialization; social order; society; structure-agency debate; subculture; values.Further reading K. Danziger, Socialization; , D. Lee and , H. Newby, The Problem of Sociology.



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