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Give an example of a human behavior that is considered deviant in one society but is not considered deviant in others. What are the factors that have contributed to this society's perspective of the deviant behavior?

The human behavior I wanted to use is
In the United States when we are talking to someone we expect them to make eye contact. In Taiwan when making eye contact you can not keep eye contact very long because they will take this offense and believe you are making a hostile gesture to them.

My problem is i am not sure I understand what the instructor is wanting could some explain to me what to look for
What are the factors that have contributed to this society's perspective of the deviant behavior?

  • Sociology -

    The American society is largely European-based. Added to this is the American characteristics of independence, both for the individual and the nation. It makes sense that eye contact is a measure of one's independence and sincerity.

    I'm not an expert in Taiwanese culture, but I believe it was greatly influenced by Confucianism. This teaches obedience to elders and the social order. Thus, prolonged eye contact could mean defiance and disrespect.

  • Sociology -

    Averting/lowering the eyes is often a sign of deference or submission, while prolonged eye contact (depending on other nonverbal cues) can indicate being assertive, aggressive or emotionally attracted.

    This article might be helpful:

    http://www.members.cox.net/dagershaw/lol/PersonPerceptionEW.html

    (Please excuse the typos. The site has decayed a little. I have to do some revising.)

    I hope this helps a little more. Thanks for asking.

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