Rebecca Humphreys section 8 Mazur
- "culture of honor" whereby southern men when challenged by insults
to themselves or their families, are required to defend themeselves
as virtuous warriors of lose face. Leaving aside the historic roots
of the South, there may be a general hypersensitivity to insult in
any subculture that is organised around young men who are
unconstrained by traditional community agents of social control.
- Dominance contests become the hallmark of male to male interaction.
Sociologists may argue that the craving for respect gives people
thin skins, young men in these cultures crave self-respect and
deference and a sense of security and this is a potential reason
for their behaviour and the development of an honor culture.
Mazur suggests that the increased T found in honor subcultures may be
a result of the stress demands in the street ad not a causal factor
in bringing about such behaviour.> Indeed we have already seen that T
reliably increases in the face of competitive challenges... thus the
stress effects do not negate the hypothesis that street challenges
elevate male T. Mazur suggests that the reciprocal linkage between
hormones and behaviour increased by constant defence against
challenge may result in encouraging further dominance contests.
Feedback between challenge and T may create a vicious circle
sometimes lethal effects.
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