(noun) Culturally informed, formal and informal rules (norms), that determine appropriate ways of ‘being’ and ‘doing’ at a particular age.
Example: In the United States, a 18-year old wearing a diaper and using a pacifier in public would break an informal age norm and a 10-year old operating a bulldozer on a construction site would break a formal age norm.
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- Plural: age norms
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How to Cite the Definition of Age Norm
ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)
Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “age norm.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved December 14, 2018 (https://sociologydictionary.org/age-norm/).
APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)
age norm. (2013). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/age-norm/
Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)
Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “age norm.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed December 14, 2018. https://sociologydictionary.org/age-norm/.
MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)
“age norm.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2013. Web. 14 Dec. 2018. <https://sociologydictionary.org/age-norm/>.