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What are norms? : a study of beliefs and action in a Maya community

Author: Francesca M Cancian
Publisher: London ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1975.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"What are Norms? challenges the traditional Parsonian theory of the basis of social order and proposes a theoretical perspective that emphasises shared definitions of reality rather than personal motivation. The book begins by describing conceptions of good and bad in a Maya community. Then it explores how such normative beliefs relate to the actions of individuals and the organisation of society. Parsons' theory is  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Verhaltensnorm
Case studies
Named Person: Maya
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Francesca M Cancian
ISBN: 0521205360 9780521205368
OCLC Number: 1322256
Description: x, 212 pages : illustrations (black and white) ; 23 cm
Contents: Machine derived contents note: Preface; 1. Introduction to the study of norms; 2. Strategies for describing and measuring norms; 3. Research setting: the Maya community of Zinacantan; 4. The frame-sorting method for describing norms; 5. Zinacanteco norms and the social order; 6. Verifying the model of Zinacanteco norms; 7. The theory of the socialised actor v. the evidence; 8. Disconfirming evidence from the Zinacantan survey; 9. Social identity: an alternative theoretical approach; Appendices 1-9; References; Index.
Responsibility: Francesca M. Cancian.
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