Essay on the Social Norms in the Walking Dead

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Tara Mahamad
Ms. Leggo

Social Norms portrayed in The Walking Dead

In The Walking Dead's post-apocalyptic world, there is no true form of government, no law enforcement, money has absolutely no value whatsoever, there are no emergency respondents, and there is no clearly defined social structure. This is a world where someone may be your neighbor on one occasion, and the next day they may have been turned into a walker, putting you into a predicament where you must make the decision as to whether or not you will be eaten by the “walking dead”, or you will slay them. People literally abandon their cars on the highways and run for shelter. While survivors hide away in basements and closets, trying to keep silent in attempt to not draw attention to themselves, with a fear that a group of hungry walkers may be near by. Individuals have no frame of reference for how to deal with these types of scenarios, there is no past precedent in history to follow here. To us, this may seem completely abnormal, but to the characters in The Walking Dead, this is a norm.
The definition of a norm, is an expectation of how people will behave. It takes the form of a rule that is socially placed by society rather than formally enforced by some sort of government. Norms are societal beliefs regarding how members should behave in any given context. Sociologists describe norms as informal understandings that govern a particular society’s behavior. Although norms are not considered to be formal laws within the government and society, they still work to promote a great deal of social control within any given society. For example, we normally don’t steal from stores at all, but if the idea does come to mind, we may choose to refrain from it, not just because it is illegal, but because it breaks a social norm which has been placed in our society. Typically, our…...

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