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Honor Code

  • Demetra Themistocleous
  • Xenia Anastassiou-HadjicharalambousEmail author
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-16999-6_1078-1



Honor is defined as a person’s worth in his/her own and others’ eyes (Rodriguez Mosquera et al. 2010). This set of socially accepted norms further highlights the significance of a person’s reputation and social image (Rodriguez Mosquera et al. 2008).

Social and Cultural Underpinnings of Honor Code

According to Pitt-Rivers (2001), honor, simultaneously, is a person’s self-reflection and representation of their moral values in the social setting. Consequently, honor is a cohesive measure for determining social identity, which exists in one’s interpersonal relationships established in the society. They further added that honor code applicable in a culture regulates individuals by guiding their moral evaluation and judgment of others, influencing people’s actions before society, and measuring of social status (Pitt-Rivers 2003). Blincoe and Harris (2011) suggested that we use other people’s perception of our social image to...

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Demetra Themistocleous
    • 1
  • Xenia Anastassiou-Hadjicharalambous
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.University of NicosiaNicosiaCyprus

Section editors and affiliations

  • Menelaos Apostolou
    • 1
  1. 1.University of NicosiaNicosiaCyprus