When Believing is Seeing: Sustaining Norms of Violence in Cultures of Honor
social psychological processes, cultural traditions, cultural transition, social changes, social norms, cultural lag
The authors attempt to describe some social psychological processes that might contribute to instances of cultural perpetuation and lag. They present a general hypothetical model describing one way that culture can develop and perpetuate social norms through a series of transition stages. They focus specifically on the latter stages in this model of cultural transition, describing psychological processes that may keep cultural traditions in place despite external forces that press for change. Much of the chapter focuses on the authors' research on one such case of possible cultural lag in present-day America-the culture of honor among Whites in the US South that has persisted despite great economic, demographic, and social changes in the region.
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When Believing is Seeing: Sustaining Norms of Violence in Cultures of Honor, In M. Schaller & C. Crandall (Eds.), The Psychological Foundations of Culture, Lawrence Erlbaum Associates Publishers, p. 281-304
Scholar Commons Citation
Vandello, Joseph A. and Cohen, Dov, "When Believing is Seeing: Sustaining Norms of Violence in Cultures of Honor" (2004). Psychology Faculty Publications. 2287.