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Virtue and Virility: Governing With Honor and the Association or Dissociation Between Martial Honor and Moral Character of U.S. Presidents, Legislators, and Justices
Social Psychological and Personality Science
  • Dov Cohen, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Angela K.-Y. LEUNG, Singapore Management University
Publication Type
Journal Article
Publication Date
3-2012
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
Identifier
10.1177/1948550611412792
Publisher
SAGE
Additional URL
http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1948550611412792
Citation Information
Dov Cohen and Angela K.-Y. LEUNG. "Virtue and Virility: Governing With Honor and the Association or Dissociation Between Martial Honor and Moral Character of U.S. Presidents, Legislators, and Justices" Social Psychological and Personality Science Vol. 3 Iss. 2 (2012) p. 162 - 171 ISSN: 1948-5506
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/kayeeangela_leung/48/