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Topic: Cultural Norms & Values Aim: How do norms and values impact social interaction?. Now - word associate…when You think of The world ‘old’ - what other characteristics do you associate with them?. Do Now: Identify and Explain the age at which you Personally consider
Aim: How do norms and values impact social interaction?
Now - word
You think of
The world ‘old’ -
characteristics do you
associate with them?
Do Now:Identify and
Explain the age at which you
Someone “old, or
Birth 15 25 35 45 55 65 75 85 95
What kind of life events
or occurrences can change
a person from feeling
‘young’ to feeling ‘old’
besides actual age?
‘old’ - when did conceptions of the elderly go from
Positive (wise) to negative (useless) in our society? Why?
In other words, when did we go from…
Ageism (Butler): refers to prejudice, discrimination, and hostilities
Directed towards elderly simply because of their age
The meaning of ‘old’ was transformed – from usefulness to uselessness, from wisdom to foolishness, from an asset to a liability
Changing Role of the Elderly
The Tiwi tribe (top left) is a gerontocracy – a society run by the elderly – where older men control all wealth and power
To grow old in Eskimo society (bottom left) meant voluntary death. A person no longer able to pull his/her own weight was expected to simply go off somewhere and die
Or written down
by people but not
norms deemed essential to
society because they
represent essential values
and beliefs. Violations of mores
are severely punished.
Norms governing everyday
Behavior - violations are not
Severely punished, if at all
*This is what you norm violation
Project will ask you to do!
Sanctions: societal approval or disapproval for either following, or
violating societal norms…can be either:
“The Woman’s Death”
We will now read through a hypothetical scenario (just
accept it at face value, it’s an activity! After reading
through it together it will be your job to rank, in order of
MOST to LEAST, the characters who are
responsible for the woman’s death
“In a house, a young woman is married to a man who works very hard. She feels neglected. When her husband has gone off on still another trip, the young wife meets an attractive man who invites her to his house. She spends the night with him and at dawn she leaves, knowing he husband is coming back. The bridge back home is blocked by a madman who kills everyone who comes near him. The young wife follows the river and meets a ferryman who can take her across safely, but he demands $50 dollars to take her to the other side. The young wife had no money. She runs back to her platonic friend who lives at house. She runs to him and explains her problem. The friend refuses to help; she has disillusioned her friend by her conduct. Her only choice is to go by the bridge in spite of the danger, and the madman kills her.”
Marital Fidelity -
Hard work, supporting one’s family
Capitalism/right to earn a living
Loyalty - support