A convention ( pronunciation: [ kɔnvɛnʦi̯o ː n]; conventio from the Latin for " agreement " or " meeting ") is a not formally enshrined rule that is maintained by a group of people on the basis of consensus. The agreement may have been tacitly taken or even negotiated. At the same root word also includes the terms Convention and conventionalism. The adjective conventional, in addition to the importance of the (social) conventions to correspond to the conventional or brought from. For example, conventional warfare (as distinct from nuclear, biological, chemical), conventional agriculture ( as a demarcation for organic farming ). In aesthetic contexts is denoted by the term conventionally a backwards, from misunderstood respect to tradition resulting mindset.
Conventions as social action instructions
Conventions are social norms ( social norms, social scripts). You define the possible behaviors in a social situation and give Verhaltensregelmäßigkeiten to. Conventions are socially and culturally determined, so different in cultures and also with the development of society changeable. Conventions can in this case be considered as a means of restricting the individual, his rights or options. If you want to overcome existing conventions, behaves unconventionally.
Convention is a multilateral agreement
The term also refers to the Convention an international treaty, the ( multi-page) is closed multilateral. This expertise includes contract works created under the auspices of the United Nations. In the official German linguistic usage is usually the analogous term " Convention" used.