Deviation from social norms

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  • Deviation from social norms
    • all societies have social norms - standards of acceptable behaviour e.g. politeness
    • These are unwritten rules concerning what people expect from the behaviour of others
    • people who behave in a socially deviant way are considered anti-social, therefore abnormal
    • Limitations
      • behaviour that deviates from social norms is not always a sign of mental illness
      • some behaviours are considered acceptable in one context but not in another
      • Cultural relativism - what is considered a diagnosable disorder (therefore abnormal) in one culture may be considered acceptable (therefore normal) in another


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