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Is The Southern Subculture of Violence Relevant? An Examination of General Trust in the Collectivist South

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Description: Southern violence is often examined as a subcultural phenomenon using the Southern subculture of violence thesis, which posits that behind the heightened rate of violence is a higher sensitivity to insults and a greater acceptance of violent norms by individuals from the South. No study to date has examined the possibility that this violence may, in fact, be an informal social control mechanism that is simply utilized more often in Southern communities. Social organization theory suggests, in part, that collectivist cultures are more likely than individualist cultures to rely on methods of informal social control. Recent work has depicted the South as more collectivist than the rest of the country, suggesting that the violence that characterizes the region may actually be a reflection of a greater reliance on violent informal sanctioning techniques. This study will examine the relationship between collectivism and approval of violence in the United States, with the expectation that as general trust - low levels of which is an inherent quality of collectivist societies - decreases, approval of violence will increase.
Language: English
Format: Degree Work