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1. Custom as a Social Phenomenon

“Custom” is the general term for regular forms of social practice that are recognized by a society and may be expected in it. It embodies social norms with sanctions to enforce observance. For the most part, customs are less obligatory than laws. Laws are what one must do, customs what one must do or ought to do or may do.

The dominant morality of a society finds expression in custom as…

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Daiber, Karl-Fritz, “Custom”, in: Encyclopedia of Christianity Online. Consulted online on 12 August 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2211-2685_eco_C1592>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004169678, 20080512

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