Religion Past and Present

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I. Religious Studies

Social norms are the interiorized but controlled rules of conduct of a social group. They include rules and standards for decency and mores, that is, for religious, moral, and right behavior. Unlike ideals or values, norms are mostly specific and concrete. There are various theories of the meaning of norms; most widely accepted is the thesis that norms serve the development of social controls and group solidarity or cultural identity.

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Michaels, Axel, Alexy, Robert and Herms, Eilert, “Norms”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 01 March 2024 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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