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Examining Interactions with Dominant Social Norms
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dominant social norms
social change

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Chandler, Jennifer. 2023. “Examining Interactions With Dominant Social Norms”. TRAILS: Teaching Resources and Innovations Library for Sociology, February. Washington DC: American Sociological Association.


The social process of marginalization is maintained through social norms. Dominant norms favor some people and disenfranchise some people. Disentangling social norms is complex because there are always multiple norms operating at the same time in any situation. A process model is provided, explained, and used in this lecture and discussion to assist...

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College 400
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Usage Notes

Instructors are encouraged to review the Background Information and the video before using this lesson. Minimum time needed is 2 hours.

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Learning Goals and Assessments

Learning Goal(s):

  1. 1. Students will reveal and analyze dominant social norms using the model.
  2. 2. Students will identify and describe behaviors that reveal the three interrelated ways of interacting with dominant social norms: colluding, colliding, and contending.

Goal Assessment(s):

  1. 1. Students will describe in an essay, a dominant social norm, explaining common situations in which it can be observed.
  2. 2. Students will describe, in the essay, behaviors that demonstrate (1) collusion with the dominant social norm they identified, (2) collision with it, and (3) contention with it.

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