Social Order: Social Norms

Norms are rules for behavior, what Abercrombie et al. (1988) called the "guidelines for social action." Norms can be measured by both their adherence (the proportion of a population following a social convention, such as marriage before childbirth) and deviance (the number of felonies per capita). Changes in social norms can impact social institutions (divorce directly impacts health and justice for women) and alter resource use.

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