Folkways are behaviors specific to a culture that are considered polite, such as standing proximity, body language, eye contact and etiquette. Folkways are a type of cultural habit an individual learns from the people surrounding him on a daily basis.Continue Reading
Sociology describes folkways as the least binding of "norms" or behavioral expectations a society has of an individual. The next level, "mores," includes ethical and moral standards. Breaking the mores of a society is likely to result in disapproval from others. Breaking a "taboo," however, tends to disgust and appall one's society, and breaking a "law" can result in legal punishment.
As they become more ingrained in a society, folkways can become mores. This is especially true of very traditional or conservative cultures.Learn more about Cultures & Traditions
Ascertain the best moment to lean in by looking for two clues: eye contact and body proximity. A person who desires a kiss often makes substantial eye contact and stands close to the other person.Full Answer >
Chopsticks are the eating utensil of choice in many restaurants in China, and there are some rules of etiquette relating to how they should be used. For example, the chopsticks should be used for eating, not for pointing or for banging on the table or the side of a plate or bowl. In many ways, the rules that apply to chopsticks are similar to the rules of silverware etiquette at dinner tables in the United States. However, Chinese culture does have some unique rules relating to what is and is not considered taboo when it comes to chopstick use.Full Answer >
Formal etiquette indicates that gifts are optional for baptisms; when they are given, keepsakes, items with spiritual connotations and savings bonds are acceptable. Attendees bring gifts to the reception, not to the baptismal service. Cash is an inappropriate gift for a baptism.Full Answer >
Proper flag flying etiquette in the United States includes flying in approved lighting and weather conditions, flying at the specified height and being raised and lowered properly. Flags may be flown at half-staff under certain circumstances.Full Answer >