Southern Culture of Honor - The Southern Culture of Honor...

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Unformatted text preview: The Southern Culture of Honor The Problem The South is more violent than the rest of the country The difference is concentrated among white males But why? Poverty/Inequality Legacy of slavery Temperature Culture of Honor The Problem The Southern Culture of Honor In cultures of honor, violence is used to defend ones own and family honor Most likely to emerge when Individual is at economic risk from others The state is weak and insufficient Where did the Southern one come from? Cultures of honor common among herders Herding requires proving willingness to defend property South was settled by herders, Scotch-Irish, but North was settled by farmers The Problem South was also historically rural, low population density Contributed to weak state South = deep South plus WV, TN, KY But much of West is culturally similar TX, OK, Mountain states Patterns of Crime Higher murder rate Especially argument-related murders, rather than felony-related Less true in Southern cities The Problem South has different attitudes towards violence Greater support for murder to defend self, home, family Greater support for police violence In vignettes, Southerners support more violence in response to Leering at someones wife, insulting wifes morals Also in vignettes, Southerners approve of hitting a drunk after a bump more Southerners more supportive of physical punishment of children The Problem South has different attitudes towards violence, contd More Southerners buy and carry guns Support free access to guns Believe guns make homes safer But how can we be sure that Southerners are more violent due to the culture of honor claim? Perhaps challenge Southern and Northern mens honor and see if they respond differently Study 1: The Asshole Study Procedure (Study 1a) Northern and Southern white males recruited for study at Univ. of Michigan Given questionnaire and asked to go down long, narrow hallway Confed at file cabinet let P pass When P finished survey and came back down hall, Confed bumped into him and called him an asshole Half of Ps were not bumped Study 1: The Asshole Study Procedure (Study 1a) Two planted witnesses coded Ps response Anger/Amusement Ps were then given a story scenario to complete wherein a someone hits on a mans girlfriend at a party Results Southerners showed less amusement and more anger upon being bumped Southerners were more likely to complete story with violence after being bumped : Bumped Southerners: 75%, Unbumped: 20% Bumped Northerners 41%, Unbumped 55% Study 1: The Asshole Study...
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This note was uploaded on 07/17/2009 for the course SOC 150a taught by Professor Willer during the Spring '09 term at University of California, Berkeley.

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