(noun) Norms that are established by an authority and that are punishable when broken.
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- Plural: formal norms
- The terms formal norm and social norm are used interchangeably in a sociological context.
- “Laws are the most common type of formal norms; they have been codified and may be enforced by sanction” (Kendall 2006:55-56).
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How to Cite the Definition of Formal Norm
ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)
Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “formal norm.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved May 19, 2019 (http://sociologydictionary.org/formal-norm/).
APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)
formal norm. (2013). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from http://sociologydictionary.org/formal-norm/
Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)
Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “formal norm.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed May 19, 2019. http://sociologydictionary.org/formal-norm/.
MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)
“formal norm.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2013. Web. 19 May. 2019. <http://sociologydictionary.org/formal-norm/>.