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Society's Written and Unwritten Rules

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amanda mokgwathi

on 30 March 2015

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Society's Written and Unwritten Rules
Shanika Francis, Amanda Mokgwathi, & Brendaly Samuel
What is a rule?
Rules in general consist of:"being a set of explicit or understood regulations or principles governing conduct within a particular activity or sphere"
Written Rules
Unwritten Rules
Are usually a rule of social behavior that is known by many but is not official or written down
Are clearly stated and are enforced in society, they can also be laws that we abide by
What is a written or unwritten rule you may have participated in the past few days?
Other examples may be:
holding the door open for someone
getting up for an elderly or pregnant person on public transit
crossing at the green light
turning away from someone coughing/sneezing
These rules are usually created by those of dominance; which makes it difficult for you to fit in if you are different
Social Conflict Paradigm
In relation to the written and unwritten rules of society, the social conflict paradigm examines the inequality and limits that marginalized groups face

These limitations in society are caused by various factors such as age, race, gender etc.
Written Rules:
Laws and regulations around age determine when you are able to go to school, work, get your drivers license, retire, have sex, etc.
Unwritten Rules:
Society determines what ages are important to celebrate ex. Quinceanera ,Sweet 16, 21st and 50th otherwise known as "milestone birthdays"
Unwritten Rules:
Females are looked down upon in regards to unexpected pregnancies (especially teen moms). Society also dictates the accomplishments and goals of women . In the order of attaining a degree, having a stable career, getting married and then having children.
Written Rules:
In history, it has shown that society thinks women are incapable of making their own decisions (voting, being able to work etc.)

In some countries, such as in Chile, women still go to prison for having an illegal abortion, and abortion is not allowed even in cases of rape or when the pregnancy endangers the life of the woman.
Unwritten Rule:
In today's society we have become highly obsessed with the fear of germs

Many people are unaware that this stems from the idea of "cooties" which was originated through RACISM
Black people in history were seen as "dirty" due to the color of their skin
Structural Functional Paradigm
From this perspective one would look at the importance of written and unwritten rules and their functions in shaping society

This includes families, the workplace, academic settings, and religious institutions
Academic Settings/Educational Institutions
Unwritten Rule:
In post secondary education we are lead to believe that University is better than College

It is instilled in us that you get a better job and more money if you have a degree
The more credentials that you have after your name, determines how you are better qualified for the position
Can anyone share a situation where you may have told someone that you attend GBC ...parents,family or friends? What was their reaction?
When it comes to religions, faith is usually passed down to families and children in order to have the ability of navigating through life
Most religions have a set of written rules that they live by. For example, Christianity has the set of"Ten Commandments". It creates a sense of solidarity
and obeying that allows the dictation for our way of living
Written and Unwritten Rules
"So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you." -(Mathew 7:12)

This is a clearly stated rule in the Bible, but is not in society. However we do live by this rule everyday and it has now become our "Golden Rule"

This "rule" can be found in almost every religion

Symbolic Interactionist Paradigm
In relation to the written and unwritten rules of society, the symbolic interactionist would analyze society's obsession with individuality and representing our identity with symbols

These symbols have meanings and help individuals differentiate or integrate with others
Engagement Rings
Unwritten Rule:
In today's society, most women have the expectation of receiving an engagement ring when their partner proposes

The type and size of the ring symbolizes how much money their partner makes

The "rule" of buying the ring should be at least 2-3 months pay
This unwritten rule can also be applied to the Structural Functional Paradigm
For example...
Suits/Business Clothing
Written Rule
It is a written rule for people to attend interviews in "professional" attire

"Dress codes" are put in place to uphold the standards of the corporation/business
Individuals who wear business attire, generally come with a status of importance and their opinions are considered to be more valuable
Religion (continued)
The type of clothing that is worn to different sanctuaries is an unwritten rule, while not having any tattoos or wearing jewelery can apply to both rules.
Here are some opinions on the myth of college vs.university education
Thank you for listening!
In some occasions, they can be helpful in society such as in the picture above where a woman is helping an elderly lady cross the street
When viewing all of these written and unwritten rules we realize that they are interconnected where they can be analyzed in all three paradigms.
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