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Theorising Norms

  • Corinna Elsenbroich
  • Nigel Gilbert
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Abstract

Major theoretical approaches to social norms from sociology and psychology are discussed. From sociology, the focus is on the micro-macro link between individuals and social structure and on game theory for the study of social interaction. From psychology, two topics are considered, developmental psychology and the internalization of norms, and social psychology and norms as the outcomes of social influence. Three formal models of social influence are introduced: the theory of reasoned action, social impact theory and social network analysis.

Keywords

Social norms social theory methodological individualism theory of reasoned action social impact theory social network analysis. 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Corinna Elsenbroich
    • 1
  • Nigel Gilbert
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Sociology Centre for Research in Social Simulation (CRESS)University of SurreyGuildfordUK

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