Discussion Assignment

Discussion Assignment

Discussion Assignment

Discussion

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

http://thesituationist.wordpress.com/2008/06/11/solomon-aschs-conformity-experiment-today/,

describe why the individuals in the Asch experiment usually gave the same answer when they probably

knew that it was wrong.

 

Discussion

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

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