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Cultural prototypes and dimensions of honor

Cross, Susan E., Uskul, Ayse K., Gercek-Swing, Berna, Sunbay, Zeynep, Alözkan, Cansu, Günsoy, Ceren, Ataca, Bilge, Karakitapo?lu-Aygün, Zahide (2014) Cultural prototypes and dimensions of honor. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 40 (2). pp. 232-249. ISSN 0146-1672. (doi:10.1177/0146167213510323) (KAR id:37057)

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Research evidence and theoretical accounts of honor point to differing definitions of the construct in differing cultural contexts. The current studies address the question “What is honor?” using a prototype approach in Turkey and the northern US. Studies 1a/1b revealed substantial differences in the specific features generated by members of the two groups, but Studies 2 and 3 revealed cultural similarities in the underlying dimensions of Self-Respect, Moral Behavior, and Social Status/Respect. Ratings of the centrality and personal importance of these factors were similar across the two groups, but their association with other relevant constructs differed. The tri-partite nature of honor uncovered in these studies helps observers and researchers alike understand how diverse responses to situations can be attributed to honor. Inclusion of a prototype analysis into the literature on honor cultures can provide enhanced coverage of the concept that may lead to testable hypotheses and new theoretical developments.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1177/0146167213510323
Uncontrolled keywords: honor; prototypes; social status; lay conceptions
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Human and Social Sciences > School of Psychology
Funders: National Science Foundation (
Depositing User: Ayse Uskul
Date Deposited: 02 Dec 2013 10:31 UTC
Last Modified: 12 Jul 2022 10:40 UTC
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