Who perished on the Titanic? The importance of social norms
Frey, Bruno S., Savage, D. A. and Torgler, Benno, 1972-. (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.|
|Page Range:||pp. 35-49|
|Access rights to Published version:||Restricted or Subscription Access|
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