culture of honor

culture of honor - Killers and their Victims by Size of...

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Killers and their Victims by Size of City 0 2 4 6 8 10 New England Mid Atlantic Midwest Pacific Mountain Southwest South Offenders Victims DV: Rate per 100,000 Small City, Population 10,000-50,000
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Killers and their Victims by Size of City Big City, Population 200,000 plus DV: Rate per 100,000 Offenders Victims 0 5 10 15 20 25 New England Middle Atlantic Midwest Pacific Mountain SW South
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“Unpackaging” the findings: What aspect of southern culture led to differences? Poverty? Hot climate? History with slavery? History of Herding?
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Homicide Rates Within the South 0 2 4 6 8 10 12 14 Moist Plains: Hills and Dry Plains: Rate per 100,000
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Homicide Rates Within the South: Rural Areas (populations < 2,500) Per Capita Income ($1000’s) 0 1 2 3 4 5 Moist Plains Hills and Dry Plains Average July Temperature (degrees F) 0 20 40 60 80 100 Moist Plains Hills and Dry Plains % Enslaved in 1860 0 10 20 30 40 50 Moist Plains Hills and Dry Plains
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Summary So Far The South is more violent than the non- South The usual alternate explanations (SES, temperature, history of slavery) do not explain this violence The only variable that seems to explain this is history of herding (vs. agriculture)
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What is the impact of herding? Wealth is portable Cattle can be stolen Law is ineffective frontier Therefore, must keep up the appearance of strength “Honor”: Respect that prevents someone from being taken advantage of Assumption of strength Key aspect of a culture of honor: Insults must be dealt with swiftly and violently
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Next Question: Is the violence linked to insults to honor, as the theory predicts?
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Survey: What should Fred do if a man… looks over Fred’s girlfriend and starts talking to her in a suggestive way Insults Fred’s wife, implying that she has loose morals tells others behind Fred’s back that Fred is a liar and a cheat sexually assaults 16-year old daughter steals Fred’s wife
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This note was uploaded on 09/22/2009 for the course PSYC 354 taught by Professor Orehek during the Fall '08 term at Maryland.

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