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Conformity
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[German Version]

Generally speaking, conformity refers to the observance of the conventions, norms, behavioral patterns, opinions, etc. of a social unit (Group, Milieu, etc.) on the part of its members. Depending on the type and the extent of a unit's social influence and of its integration mechanisms, conformity may range from an external or even unwilling accommodation all the way to voluntary approval and interiorization. The study of conformity thus distinguishes between compliance and private acceptance. In the …

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Krech, Volkhard, “Conformity”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 31 March 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_SIM_12070>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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