Who perished on the Titanic? The importance of social norms
Frey, Bruno S., Savage, D. A. and Torgler, Benno. (2011) Who perished on the Titanic? The importance of social norms. Rationality and Society, Vol.23 (No.1). pp. 35-49. ISSN 1043-4631Full text not available from this repository.
Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1043463110396059
This paper seeks to empirically identify what factors make it more or less likely for people to survive in a life-threatening situation. Three factors relate to individual attributes of the persons onboard: physical strength, economic resources, and nationality. Two relate to social aspects: social support and social norms. The Titanic disaster is a life-or-death situation. Otherwise-disregarded aspects of human nature become apparent in such a dangerous situation. The empirical analysis supports the notion that social norms are a key determinant in extreme situations of life or death.
|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Subjects:||H Social Sciences > HM Sociology|
|Divisions:||Faculty of Social Sciences > Warwick Business School > Behavioural Science
Faculty of Social Sciences > Warwick Business School
|Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH):||Shipwreck survival -- Social aspects, Decision making, Disasters, Titanic (Steamship), Social norms|
|Journal or Publication Title:||Rationality and Society|
|Publisher:||Sage Publications Ltd.|
|Official Date:||February 2011|
|Page Range:||pp. 35-49|
|Access rights to Published version:||Restricted or Subscription Access|
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