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    Demobilising by legitimising: masculine honour, positive and negative contact, and social activism against criminal organisations

    Drury, Lisbeth and Travaglino, G.A. (2019) Demobilising by legitimising: masculine honour, positive and negative contact, and social activism against criminal organisations. Group Processes and Intergroup Relations , ISSN 13684302. (In Press)

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    Abstract

    Italian mafia-type groups exert governance over the community. To do so, they must engage in contact with community members. Previous research indicates that individuals’ endorsement of masculine honour values is associated to more frequent contact with members of criminal organisations (COs). The present research examines the relationship between masculine honour and both positive and negative contact, as well the potential implications of such contact. Structural equation modelling of survey data (N = 327) revealed that masculine honour was associated to positive but not negative contact with COs’ members. Positive contact was, in turn, associated with a stronger tendency to see COs as matching the ideals of honour (romanticisation), and lower perceived threat. In contrast, negative contact was associated with stronger perceived threat from COs’ presence. Finally, romanticisation and lower perceived threat were associated with lower intentions to engage in social activism against COs. Results support the idea that cultural values of masculine honour make the presence of COs in society more acceptable and are an important predictor of contact with these types groups.

    Metadata

    Item Type: Article
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): Intergroup Contact, Organised Crime, Positive Contact, Negative Contact, Masculine Honour, Cultural Values, Collective Action, Threat, Omertà
    School: Birkbeck Schools and Departments > School of Business, Economics & Informatics > Organizational Psychology
    Depositing User: Lisbeth Drury
    Date Deposited: 29 Apr 2019 12:43
    Last Modified: 01 Aug 2019 15:13
    URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/27334

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