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emergent norm theory

Definition of Emergent Norm Theory

(noun) A theory of crowds which posits that crowd participants develop standards among themselves as to group function, goals, and operation, which then guide their behavior.

Emergent Norm Theory Pronunciation

  • IPA Pronunciation
    • American English
      • /əˈmərdʒənt nɔ(ə)rm ˈθiəri/
      • /əˈmərdʒənt nɔ(ə)rm ˈθɪri/
      • /iˈmərdʒənt nɔ(ə)rm ˈθiəri/
      • /iˈmərdʒənt nɔ(ə)rm ˈθɪri/
    • British English
      • /ᵻˈməːdʒ(ə)nt nɔːm ˈθɪəri/
  • Syllabification: (e·mer·gent norm the·o·ry)

Usage Note

  • Plural: emergent norm theories

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Cite the Definition of Emergent Norm Theory

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “emergent norm theory.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved August 24, 2019 (https://sociologydictionary.org/emergent-norm-theory/).

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

emergent norm theory. (2013). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/emergent-norm-theory/

Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “emergent norm theory.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed August 24, 2019. https://sociologydictionary.org/emergent-norm-theory/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“emergent norm theory.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2013. Web. 24 Aug. 2019. <https://sociologydictionary.org/emergent-norm-theory/>.