formal norm (formal social norm)

(noun) Norms that are established by an authority and that are punishable when broken.

Example: Laws

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Usage Notes:

  • Plural: formal norms
  • The terms formal norm and social norm are used interchangeably in a sociological context.

Related Quotations:

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