(noun) Socially approved and traditional norms or standards of everyday behavior.

Example: In the United States, covering your mouth when you cough, not eating certain animals like dogs or cats, or dressing a certain way depending on the event such as wearing black to a funeral.

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  • “Often, folkways are not enforced; when they are enforced, the resulting sanctions tend to be informal and relatively mild” (Kendall 2006:57).

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Kendall, Diane. 2006. Sociology in Our Times: The Essentials. 5th ed. Belmont, CA: Thomson/Wadsworth.