Problem

Discriminatory unwritten codes of behaviour

Other Names:
Taboos
Claim:
In societies stratified into classes, upward mobility is hindered by not acquiring the behavioural characteristics of the class above. All these characteristics comprise an unwritten rule book. The 'chapters' include, for example, conversational behaviour, manner of speech, physical deportment, attire, hygiene and grooming, manner of eating and choice of food and beverages. There are also norms for personal possessions, recreations, cultural interests and ethical and political viewpoints. Failure to comply with any standard in the unwritten code stigmatizes an individual as not a true member of the class and can lead to social ostracism on that level. The unwritten code is a fossil from feudal times and is a tool for social repression.
Counter Claim:
Written codes produce legalistic, literal, and minimal compliance with the letter and not with its spirit. Unwritten codes, of honour, of trust, of loyalty and of all decent behaviour are both the ideal and the inspiration that raises the quality of any society.
Narrower Problems:
Violating taboos
Related Problems:
Taboo
Dietary restrictions
Problem Type:
E: Emanations of other problems
Date of last update
01.01.2000 – 00:00 CET