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Challenge and Change in Society HSB4M. Alienation and Conformity. ‘The Power of Conformity’. An example of people’s overwhelming needs to conform to a social paradigm What is conformity? . Discussion Questions: Video. What are the triggers to conform in this video?

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the power of conformity
‘The Power of Conformity’
  • An example of people’s overwhelming needs to conform to a social paradigm
  • What is conformity?
discussion questions video
Discussion Questions: Video
  • What are the triggers to conform in this video?
  • What feelings did the person in the experiment feel to make them change their behaviour?
  • Vote: What would you have done in this same situation?
discussion questions society
Discussion Questions: Society
  • In today’s society – are there pressures to conform? In what ways?
  • What are the repercussions to not “conforming”?
  • After looking at this clip, think about how people in society would act, what would happen if everybody acted the same?
  • How different would life be?
  • Refers to an individual separation from a community or group of people in general
  • This is also known as an anomie
  • Refers to a personal condition resulting in a lack of norms
  • i.e. A totalitarian society would produce an anomic individual such as Hitler
  • Known as a state of seclusion
  • i.e. a lack of contact with people
  • May stem from:
    • Bad relationships
    • Deliberate choice
    • Contagious disease
    • Repulsive personal habits
    • Mental illness
isolation in society
Isolation in society
  • Feeling marginalized in society could force people to resist the social norm
  • Unrest in society could lead to isolation, not feeling included in society
  • Process whereby an individual’s attitudes, beliefs and behaviours are influenced by other people
  • Could be the result of social pressure
  • People often conform to achieve a sense of security in a group of people – a feeling that makes one ‘belong’
pressures to conform
Pressures to Conform
  • An unwillingness to conform could risk social rejection
  • An individual who is deliberately excluded from a social relationship or social interaction is a victim of social rejection.
  • Conformity acts as a scapegoat in order to avoid bullying and criticism from peers.
key questions for today
Key Questions for Today
  • What groups in society may feel socially isolated?
  • Why is this?
  • What groups in society are forced to conform?
conformity in contemporary society
Conformity in Contemporary Society
  • Most people conform to the standard values and norms without even realizing they are doing so
  • Some degree of conformity is necessary for societies to function
  • i.e. Stopping at a red light means that you are conforming to the law and the good and safety of society
conformity and youth
Conformity and Youth
  • Pre-teens and teenagers face many issues related to conformity
  • Pulled between the desire to be seen as unique individuals and desire to belong to a group where they feel accepted
  • i.e. wearing the latest fashion, cutting your hair into a certain style, smoking, changing the type of music you listen to
  • All of these are examples of conforming to a social norm
  • Discuss the following questions with your group:
  • A) What are the triggers to conform in this scenario?
  • B) What feelings did the person in the situation feel to potentially make them change their behaviour?
  • C) What would you have done in this situation?
  • Which situation would be the most easy and most difficult in terms of resisting conformity?
  • Why?