Honor Bound: How a Cultural Ideal Has Shaped the American Psyche

Hardcover | May 19, 2016

byRyan P. Brown

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"Culture of honor" is what social scientists call a society that organizes social life around maintaining and defending reputation. In an honor culture, because reputation is everything, people will go to great lengths to defend their reputations and those of their family members against realand perceived threats and insults.While most human societies throughout history can be described as "honor cultures," the United States is particularly well known for having a deeply rooted culture of honor, especially in the American South and West. In Honor Bound, social psychologist Ryan P. Brown integrates social scienceresearch, current events, and personal stories to explore and explain how honor underpins nearly every aspect of our lives, from spontaneous bar fights to organized acts of terrorism, romantic relationships, mental health and well-being, unsportsmanlike conduct in football, the commission ofsuicide, foreign policy decisions by political leaders, and even how parents name their babies.Sometimes the effects of living in an honor culture are subtle and easily missed - there are fewer nursing homes in the American south, as more parents live with their children as they age - and sometimes the effects are more dramatic, as in the fact that there are more school shootings in honorstates, but they are always relevant. By illuminating a surprising and pervasive thread that has endured in our culture for centuries, Brown's narrative will captivate those raised in these types of honor cultures who wish to understand themselves, and those who wish to better understand theirneighbors.

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"Culture of honor" is what social scientists call a society that organizes social life around maintaining and defending reputation. In an honor culture, because reputation is everything, people will go to great lengths to defend their reputations and those of their family members against realand perceived threats and insults.While most...

Ryan P. Brown, Ph.D., is a professor of social psychology at The University of Oklahoma. He has been conducting research on how people think, feel, and behave for over 20 years, first at The University of Texas at Austin, then briefly at Amherst College in Massachusetts before coming to Oklahoma, where he now teaches and continues to c...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:232 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.98 inPublished:May 19, 2016Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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