The Regional Subculture of Violence Revisited: Further Specification to the Context of Homicide

Thomas A. Petee, Auburn University
Lin Huff-Corzine, University of Central Florida
Jay Corzine, University of Central Florida
Gregory S. Weaver, Auburn University

There has been a substantial body of literature attempting to address the historically higher rates of homicide found in the South compared to other regions in the United States. This has led some to conclude that higher Southern homicide rates may be influenced by cultural differences in that region-- more specifically, that Southern culture may provide greater normative support for violence in upholding values such as honor, courage, and manliness. However, many studies exploring regional differences in homicide have employed techniques which are not consistent with the Southern subculture thesis, such as failing to disaggregate specific types of homicide, or making use of inappropriate units of aggregation. The present study examines regional patterns in hoimicide at the county level using disaggregated homicide counts based upon race, gender, and the context of the lethal encounter, focusing in particular on white male-on-male argument-based homicides. The results are discussed in terms of their implications for the study of regional differences in homicide.

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