Culture of Honor
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Honor is self-worth based on an individual’s (usually a man’s) reputation and also his own assessment of what others think. Cultures of honor are those placing a high emphasis on the importance of a man as willing and able to violently, and sometimes lethally, retaliate against anyone who insults his honor, family, or values.
The American historian Wyatt-Brown coined the term “Southern Honor” to describe the culture of White, non-Hispanic men in Southern states of the United States. Masculine honor acquired a particular importance for such individuals as they were confronted with weak law enforcement that did not provide sufficient protection of their property or family. Therefore, masculine honor, according to this account, was born of Southern White men’s need for security and protection. It was achieved and perpetuated by creating a reputation for being tough and being willing to use violence to defend...
KeywordsMate Retention Behaviors Parasite Stress Hone Loss Southern Honor Honor Cultures
- Nisbett, R. E., & Cohen, D. (1996). Culture of honor: The psychology of violence in the south. Boulder: Westview Press.Google Scholar