Spring 2022 Soc 001 Homework 6: Breach a Social Norm As always, please obey the masking rule

NOTE: DUE FRIDAY!!! Due in Canvas Dropbox by Friday March 18 by class time p. 1


and scientific relevance: Breach a social norm:
Your textbook defines deviance as “Behavior that violates the standards of conduct or expectations of a group or society.” This homework asks students to intentionally and mindfully violate a social norm. Sociologists call the intentional violation of a norm a “breach” of a norm. “Breaching” is a kind of experiment. It is a formal, time-honored method of sociological research in the sub-field of phenomenology, which is part of the interactionist perspective. With a breach, phenomenologists examine two things:
1. How people decide which norms are appropriate in a situation
2. How people decide to react when a norm is broken.
Interactionists think that research subjects, when confronted with a breach, quickly do three things:
1. They quickly assess whether the behavior that just occurred is, in fact, appropriate in that specific situation.
2. They quickly then decide whether a reaction (their reaction) is necessary.
3. They then quickly choose an appropriate reaction and react (or not).
A well-executed breach demonstrates several things:
1. Research subjects are thinking about the people around them all the time, at least a little bit.
2. No norm is “written in stone,” but, rather, norms depend on the situation.
3. There is no “natural” reaction to a breach; instead, subjects choose how to react. Such reactions are neither “automatic” nor “inherent” in humans, but socially constructed and chosen.
4. Overall, both the norms in effect and the reaction to breaches depend on the situation. More on this next time.

I. Submission process: Please turn in to the Canvas drop box for “Homework 6.” No emailed or printed or handwritten or any other format of papers will be accepted other than those in the Canvas dropbox.

II. This is an individual project. Everyone must breach and turn in their own paper about their experience. Please turn in one paper per person. I encourage you to work together in groups for moral support. But everyone must breach on their own, individually (or at least try to – you don’t have to). Everyone must write up their papers individually and turn them in to Canvas individually.

III. Due date: Papers are due to the Canvas drop box by Friday 3/18/22 at class time.

IV. Format: Papers should be at least 250 words: A minimum of 1 full page, typed double-spaced with a 12- point font and normal, 1-inch margins. There is no maximum length, and longer papers are fine.





A, B, C, D, E.i., E.ii., and E.iii. (questions appear on the other side of this paper).

V. The assignment: In a nutshell: The purpose of this project is to give you experience with what it’s like to breach – to intentionally and mindfully viol

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