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date: 04 April 2020

norm (social norm, normative) 

Source:
A Dictionary of Sociology
Author(s):

John Scott

In sociology a norm is a shared expectation of behaviour that is considered culturally desirable and/or appropriate. Norms are similar to rules or regulations in being prescriptive, although they lack the formal status of rules. Actual behaviour may differ from what is considered normative and, if judged by existing norms, may be deemed ... ...

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