During Module 4, we examine why most people tend to conform in most of their social interactions,
while others deviate from the existing social norms. After you have read the reading assignment and
lecture for this module, please respond to all parts of the discussion by Saturday, June 6, 2015.
Why do people sometimes feel that they need to socially conform to what is going on around them,
even if they do not want to do so?
How do the social institutions of our country (e.g., schools, the healthcare system, the economy,
religious organizations) play a role in encouraging social conformity, as well as social deviance?
In reviewing the following video “Solomon Asch’s Conformity Experiment Today” at
describe why the individuals in the Asch experiment usually gave the same answer when they probably
knew that it was wrong.
Why do people sometimes feel that they need to socially conform to what is going on
around them, even if they do not want to do so?
In order to understand why people sometimes feel that they need to socially conform to what is
going on around then, even if they do not want to do so, one has to understand the definition of
conformity. According to the Module, “Conformity, or the acceptance of both cultural goals and
means, is seen as the result of successful socialization and the opportunity to pursue these goals
through socially approved means” (Module Reading). If a person wants to socialize successfully,
he or she has to accept the cultural goals and means. The goals can be achieved by following the
socially approved means or by socially conforming to the norms. The popular saying, “The Boss