Types of Social Norms Folkways, Mores and Laws

Sat, 10/13/2012 - 08:54 -- Umar Farooq

The types of social norms are the following

  1. Folkways
  2. Mores
  3. Laws

1. Folkways

Folkways are man's actions repeated by him in his habit and a repeated behavior by group of people in a custom. Summer defines folkways saying that "These are the socially approved ways of behaving in a society. These are the ways of life of the people. So it is the way of life of people which opens unconsciously. Folkways are the norms that arise during social interaction and are passed on from one generation to the next. The most elementary or the basic pattern of social norms is the folkways. The basic forms of social control being folkways sanctions the way of our life. The interaction which takes place unconsciously with others follows some pattern which is in our culture called adab-e-­guftugo which means the manners of conversation. These define our specific behavior in a specific situation. Summer says that folkways are not creation of human purpose.

These are the product of natural forces which men unconsciously set in operation. Folkways are the “should” part of human behaviour". But however the violations of folkways do not endanger the society. It does not create a serious social problem but this violation is not tolerated by the society. Folkways are informal norms. These groves and vanish with the need of time. These are the guardian of minor social ways and the social norms are the guardians of our socio­cultural values.

2. Mores


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