Wednesday, October 1, 2008


Countries with strict social rules and behavioral etiquette may foster drinking cultures characterized by unruly or bad behavior, according to a new report on alcohol and violence released by International Center for Alcohol Policies. The report lists 11 cultural features that may predict levels of violence such as homicide and spousal abuse.

The report, "Alcohol and Violence: Exploring Patterns and Responses," examines the association between alcohol and violence through the disciplines of anthropology, clinical psychology, human rights law, gender, and public health.

"We need to look more closely at the meaning attached to both drinking and violence in different cultures, without assuming that the one causes the other," writes Anne Fox, PhD, a contributor to the report and founding director of Galahad SMS Ltd. in England.

Dr. Fox writes that the presence of certain cultural features can largely predict levels of homicide, spousal abuse and other forms of violence. Violence-reinforcing cultures tend to share the following features:

- Cultural support (in media, norms, icons, myths, and so on) for aggression and aggressive

- Militaristic readiness and participation in wars-societies that are frequently at war have consistently higher rates of interpersonal violence as well;

- Glorification of fighters;

- Violent sports;

- Corporal and capital punishment;

- Socialization of male children toward aggression;

- Belief in malevolent magic;

- Conspicuous inequality in wealth;

- A higher than normal proportion of young males in the society;

- Strong codes of male honor-in general, societies and subgroups that actively subscribe to strong codes of honor tend to have higher rates of homicide;

- A culture of male domination.


At October 1, 2008 8:07 PM, Anonymous male definition said...

They spend their days driving through the desert in a big red shiny Hummer, and they spend their nights in a tawdry motel in the town of Twentynine Palms.

At October 1, 2008 8:44 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yep, sounds like the NASCAR Nation to me.

At October 2, 2008 1:31 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

In the age of the uber-glorification of the immature, violent male, women and children suffer and die most in men's erect-money-wars, as ever, while the women produce 70% of the world's food supply and own 10% of the world's wealth.

Someone stop the murderous opressive patriarchy; I want to get off now, yesterday.


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