This activity can be carried out as a role play, or you can just work out through discussion what reactions might result in real situation.

Imagine one of the following situations:

  1. Sitting down next to someone in a bus /library, when there are plenty of other free double seats /areas available.
  2. Telling someone you don’t like their birthday gift to you.

What are the taken-for-granted assumptions you would be challenging in each case? What do you think would be the reaction?


Make a list of mistakes that might be made by young children, or those that might be made by people in unfamiliar situations, such as on foreign holidays.

How does this illustrate the idea that social order can be disrupted by those who don’t know the rules and therefore fail to recognise or keep to them?