Punches or punchlines? Honor, face, and dignity cultures encourage different reactions to provocation

Krys Kuba , Cai Xing , John Zelenski , Colin Capaldi , Zhongxin Lin , Bogdan Wojciszke


Research on culture-related violence has typically focused on honor cultures and their justification of certain forms of aggression as reactions to provocation. In contrast, amusement and humor as the preferred reactions to provocation remain understudied phenomena, especially in a cross-cultural context. In an attempt to remedy this, participants from an honor culture (Poland), dignity culture (Canada), and face culture (China) were asked how they would react and how they would like to react to a series of provocative scenarios. Results confirmed that aggression may be the preferred reaction to provocation in honor cultures, while the preferred reaction to provocation in dignity cultures may be based on humor and amusement. The third kind of provocation reaction, withdrawal, turned out to be more complex but was most popular in dignity and face cultures. Furthermore, results confirmed that the way individuals think they would behave is more culturally diversified than the way individuals would like to behave.
Author Krys Kuba
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, Cai Xing
Cai Xing,,
, John Zelenski
John Zelenski,,
, Colin Capaldi
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, Zhongxin Lin
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, Bogdan Wojciszke (Wydział Zamiejscowy w Sopocie)
Bogdan Wojciszke,,
- Wydział Zamiejscowy w Sopocie
Journal seriesHUMOR: International Journal of Humor Research, ISSN 0933-1719, (A 20 pkt)
Issue year2017
Publication size in sheets0.95
Keywords in Englishculture, honor, face, dignity, aggression, violence, provocation, humor, amusement
ASJC Classification3200 General Psychology; 3310 Linguistics and Language; 3312 Sociology and Political Science; 1203 Language and Linguistics
URL https://doi.org/10.1515/humor-2016-0087
Languageen angielski
Krys_Xing_Zelenski_Capaldi_Lin_Wojciszke_2017.pdf 1.93 MB
oswiadczenie afiliacja Wojciszke 2017.pdf 319.15 KB
Score (nominal)20
Score sourcejournalList
Publication indicators Scopus SNIP (Source Normalised Impact per Paper): 2016 = 0.759; WoS Impact Factor: 2017 = 0.66 (2) - 2017=1.059 (5)
Citation count*7 (2021-02-26)
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