On behalf of honorethics.org, I am pleased to welcome Robert Oprisko as a contributor.
Robert L. Oprisko is a Visiting Assistant Professor of International Studies at Butler University, Indiana. Dr. Oprisko specializes in how social structure (from the individual to the international system) leads to conflict and cooperation. He has previously taught for Purdue University and Johns Hopkins University and is an expert at developing teams for Model United Nations. He is the author of the recent Honor: A Phenomenology:
A ground-breaking examination of honor as a metaphenomenon, this book incorporates various structures of social control including prestige, face, shame and affiliated honor and the rejection of said structures by dignified individuals and groups. It shows honor to be a concept that encompasses a number of processes that operate together in order to structure society. Honor is how we are inscribed with social value by others and the means by which we inscribe others with social honor. Because it is the means by which individuals fit in and function with society, the main divisions internal (within the psyche of the individual and external (within the norms and institutions of society). Honor is the glue that holds groups together and the wedge that forces them apart; it defines who is us and who them. It accounts for the continuity and change in socio-political systems.
Welcome aboard, Robert! We look forward to your contributions.