Title

Virtue and Virility: Governing With Honor and the Association or Dissociation Between Martial Honor and Moral Character of U.S. Presidents, Legislators, and Justices

Publication Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

2012

Abstract

In many honor cultures, honor as martial honor and honor as character/integrity are often both subsumed under the banner of honor. In nonhonor cultures, these qualities are often separable. The present study examines political elites, revealing that Presidents, Congresspeople, and Supreme Court Justices from the Southern United States with a greater commitment to martial honor (as indexed by their military service) also show more integrity, character, and moral leadership. This relationship, however, does not hold for nonsoutherners. The present studies illustrate the need to examine both between culture differences in cultural logics (as these logics connect various behaviors under a common ideal) and within-culture differences (as individuals rise to meet these cultural ideals or not).

Keywords

culture, honor, integrity, political elites, character, moral leadership, corruption

Discipline

Personality and Social Contexts | Social Psychology

Research Areas

Psychology

Publication

Social Psychological and Personality Science

Volume

3

Issue

2

First Page

162

Last Page

171

ISSN

1948-5506

Identifier

10.1177/1948550611412792

Publisher

SAGE

Additional URL

http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1948550611412792

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