The Secret Life of Social Norms: From Nations to Neurons
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Abstract: Human sociality is enabled by our ability to develop, maintain, and reinforce social norms. While social norms are universal, there is wide variation in the strength of social norms (or tightness) around the globe. In this talk, I will describe theory and research on tightness-looseness in pre-industrial societies and in modern nations and states, discuss the evolutionary and neurological basis of such differences, and describe the implications of the strength of social norms for managing COVID-19.
Date: 30 October 2020, 15:00 (Friday, 3rd week, Michaelmas 2020)
Venue: Venue to be announced
Speakers: Speaker to be announced
Organising department: School of Anthropology and Museum Ethnography
Part of: Anthropology Departmental Seminar Series: Michaelmas 2020
Booking required?: Not required
Audience: Public
Editor: Kate Atherton