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Exceptions to the code of the street: Circumstances that legitimize snitching

IJzer, A.M.M. (2018) Exceptions to the code of the street: Circumstances that legitimize snitching.

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Abstract:According to the ‘Code of the street’, one should never snitch on someone else. Therefore, snitches often have to face retribution from the criminal community. Up until now, this no-snitching code has been perceived as a very strict norm. This study attempted to demonstrate that the no-snitching norm is in fact more nuanced than it may seem, by investigating circumstances that might influence perceptions of snitching. Additionally, the difference between group and individual norms was explored. The circumstances were tested by presenting participants with scenarios in which a circumstance was explained. They subsequently had to rate how acceptable it was to snitch in each scenario. To test the difference between judging someone else (group norms) and judging oneself (individual norms), participants were allocated in two conditions. While no overall difference was found between judging someone else or oneself, there were some circumstances that made snitching more or less acceptable. This research thus provides empirical support that the Code of the Street is not a strict norm, but that there are nuances to it.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology
Programme:Psychology BSc (56604)
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