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In our society today we are all subjects to the influence of societies norms When we are raised we are introduced to our familys beliefs and values Naturally as young children we adapt to these beliefs and are influenced to follow them Once I was old enough to attend church I was led to be a part of the Lutheran religion When I was old enough for little league I was influenced to play baseball rather than any other sport Social control plays a big part in the decisions we make throughout our lives The norms of the town influence us to conform to what society believes are normal As a child I was thought of as a hardworking student that stayed out of trouble This was to my advantage for many reasons I compare it to the article The Saints and the Roughnecks in respect that the group of kids considered the Saints could commit the same deviant acts as the Roughnecks but see no consequences for them I feel I can relate to this article because many times in high school I was involved in pranks and practical jokes but rarely would I see punishment In our culture society has the power to make us do things we might not normally do I relate this aspect to the article If Hitler Asked You to Electrocute a Stranger Would You This article explained that humans would do just about anything if they were told that it is normal Humans delivered large amounts of shock to what they thought were other people just because the man in charge told them it was their duty I feel that this coincides with my life such that when I am influenced to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance and remove my hat in school and certain other buildings My socialization has been based on the influences that surround me The institutions that I follow are all
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