Violence and the Evolution of Social Norms

30 Pages Posted: 22 Aug 2014

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Vera Mironova

Harvard University

Sam Whitt

High Point University - Department of Political Science

Date Written: August 20, 2014

Abstract

To what extent can social norms recover from periods of intense inter-group violence? One school of thought posits long-term detrimental effects of violence in the form of entrenched parochialism, but other research shows how inter-group norms may quickly rebound and recover, even after extreme exposure to brutal war. Based on longitudinal survey and experimental evidence from post-war Bosnia, we find that while inter-group norms do recover from violence, there is also a persistent parochial divide between how in-groups are perceived and treated relative to out-groups. Our research suggests a mechanism at the individual-level for explaining hybrid pathways between rapid growth and recovery on one hand and a return to violence on the other.

Suggested Citation

Mironova, Vera and Whitt, Sam, Violence and the Evolution of Social Norms (August 20, 2014). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2484024 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2484024

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