Volume 45, Issue 3, Fall 2007
What’s Done Here—Explaining Behavior in Terms of Customs and Norms
Terms like “norm,” “custom,” “convention,” “tradition,” and “culture” are used throughout social science, and throughout everyday conversation ,to describe certain types of behaviors. Yet it is not very clear what people mean by them. In this paper, I try to make clearer what is meant by these terms and what makes the behavior they describe possible.