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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

Pronunciation Usage Guide

Syllabification: e·mer·gent norm the·o·ry

Audio Pronunciation

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International Phonetic Alphabet

  • American English – /ˈimərʤənt nɔrm ˈθiəri/
  • British English – /ɪˈmɜːʤənt nɔːm ˈθɪəri/

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 November 15, 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 November 15, 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. 15 Nov. 2019. <https://sociologydictionary.org/emergent-norm-theory/>.