Abstract 15:189-207

Kołodziej, Arkadiusz (2014) Functional Approach to savoir-vivre — good manners in the open social structure. "Normy, Dewiacje i Kontrola Społeczna" 15: 189-207.



The main aim of the paper is to present the savoir-vivre rules from the sociological perspective. The analysis covers rules of civility promoted in manuals of good manners as well as their validity (presence) in the practice of social life. The author focuses on two key questions. In the structural approach (1) the question is discussed how a relatively rigid code of behavior (included in the philosophy of savoir-vivre) fits into the current opening of social structure, in its relational and distributive aspect. With the framework of the functional approach (2) we will discuss whether it is legitimate to define savoir-vivre rules as a cultural relict and how the promotion of such norms meets the need of the contemporary society.



savoir-vivre, social norms, open social structure, cultural relict