Culture Of Honor by Richard E Nisbett
The Psychology Of Violence In The South (New Directions in Social Psychology)

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In the United States, the homicide rate in the South is consistently higher than the rate in the North. In this brilliantly argued book, Richard Nisbett and Dov Cohen use this fact as a starting point for an exploration of the underlying reasons for violence.According to Nisbett and Cohen, the increased tendency of white southerners to commit certain kinds of violence is not due to socioeconomic class, population density, the legacy of slavery, or the heat of the South; it is the result of a culture of honor in which a man’s reputation is central to his economic survival. Working from historical, survey, social policy, and experimental data, the authors show that in the South it is more acceptable to be violent in response to an insult, in order to protect home and property, and to aid in socializing children. These values are reflected not only in what southerners say, but also in the institutional practices of the South, the actions of Southerners, and their physiological responses to perceived affronts.In this lively and intriguing account, the authors combine bold theory and careful methodology to reveal a set of central beliefs that can contribute to increased violence. More broadly, they show us the interaction between culture, economics, and individual behavior. This engaging study will be of interest to students, educated lay readers, and scholars.
 

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Shinobu Kitayama, PhD, is Professor of Psychology and Director of the Culture and Cognition Program at the University of Michigan. He received his doctorate from the University of Michigan, where he has been teaching since 2003. Prior to joining the faculty there, Dr. Kitayama taught at the Universities of Oregon and Chicago and at Kyoto University. He serves as an Associate Editor of the "Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin," Throughout his career Dr. Kitayama has studied cultural variations of self, emotion, and cognition, and has presented his work in the books "Culture and Emotion: The Study of Mutual Influences" (with Hazel Markus) and "The Heart's Eye: Emotional Influences in Perception and Attention,""" as well as in such leading journals as "Psychological Review," "Psychological Science," and the "Journal of Personality and Social Psychology," Dov Cohen, PhD, received his doctorate from the University of Michigan and taught at the University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, and the University of Illinois, where he is currently a faculty member. His research interests relate to cultural continuity and change, within-culture variability, and the way people position themselves with respect to dominant cultural ideals. Dr. Cohen has conducted research on the cultural syndromes of honor, dignity, and face, as well as on cross-cultural similarities and differences in the experience of self. He coauthored the book "Culture of Honor" (with Richard Nisbett) and coedited "Culture and Social Behavior" (with Richard Sorrentino, James Olson, and Mark Zanna).
 
Published March 15, 1996 by Westview Press. 144 pages
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Political & Social Sciences, Crime, Professional & Technical, Parenting & Relationships, Self Help. Non-fiction

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