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Connected Guys: Endorsement of Masculine Honour Predicts More Frequent Contact with Members of Criminal Organisations

Travaglino, Giovanni A., Drury, Lisbeth (2019) Connected Guys: Endorsement of Masculine Honour Predicts More Frequent Contact with Members of Criminal Organisations. European Journal of Social Psychology, 49 (1). pp. 157-168. ISSN 0046-2772. (doi:10.1002/ejsp.2389) (KAR id:66587)

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Italian criminal organisations (COs) engage in contact with community members to assert their control over local populations in Southern Italy. According to intracultural appropriation theory, COs’ presence in these regions is legitimised by values of masculinity and honour. Here, we test the role of these values in drawing people closer to COs, facilitating more frequent contact with COs’ members. Study 1 (NT1 = 176, NT2 = 170) used a two‐wave longitudinal design demonstrating that endorsement of masculine honour predicts more frequent contact with COs after five months. In contrast, results revealed no longitudinal effect of contact frequency on masculine honour endorsement. Using a cross‐sectional design, Study 2 (N = 314) extended these results by revealing an indirect effect of masculine honour on the tendency to see COs as embodying honour and respect (romanticisation), through more frequent contact with COs’ members. Limitations, directions for future research and implications of these results are discussed.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1002/ejsp.2389
Uncontrolled keywords: masculine honour, omertà, intergroup contact, cultural values, organised crime
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Human and Social Sciences > School of Psychology
Depositing User: Giovanni Travaglino
Date Deposited: 29 Mar 2018 11:29 UTC
Last Modified: 29 Sep 2021 11:03 UTC
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