Abstract 8-Volume 7, Number 2, Summer 2012

“If We Were Truly Brave…” Dueling in Digital Spaces

Mark Pearcy
University of South Florida
Michael Dotson

University of South Florida



“Affairs of honor,” which were contests between gentlemen of the 18th  and 19th  centuries, often ended with physical violence in the form of dueling.  Such was the case in the notable showdown between Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr in 1801.  These affairs were products of the code di duello, an intricate series of social rules and expectations through which adversaries negotiated their dispute.  In this article, we examine the similarities between such “affairs” and the modern issue of “cyberbullying.”  We compare disputes conducted under the code di duello to those which regularly occur in modern adolescents’ on-line lives while also considering the relevance of studying this topic in social studies classrooms.

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