Why humans cooperate : a cultural and evolutionary explanation

  • Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press 2007
Physical description
1 online resource (280 p.)
  • 1-281-16284-1
  • 9786611162849
  • 0-19-804117-9
  • 1-4356-0092-4
  • Description based upon print version of record.
  • Includes bibliographical references (p. 241-254) and index.
  • Other format: Also available in printed form.
  • Reproduction available: Electronic reproduction. Palo Alto, Calif. : ebrary, 2013. Available via World Wide Web. Access may be limited to ebrary affiliated libraries.
  • Original electronic resource Palo Alto, Calif. : ebrary,
  • English
  • Available in electronic full text to members of the University via the Library web catalogue.
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  • Evolution, culture, cooperation, and the Chaldeans -- Dual inheritance theory: the evolution of cultural capacities and cultural evolution -- Evolutionary theory and the social psychology of human cooperation -- The Chaldeans: history and the community today -- Family first: kinship explains most cooperative bahavior -- Cooperation through reciprocity and reputation -- Social norms and prosociality -- Culturally evolved social norms lead to context-specific cooperation -- Ethnicity: in-group preferences and cooperation -- Cooperative dilemmas in the world today.
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  • Cooperation among humans is one of the keys to our great evolutionary success. Natalie and Joseph Henrich examine this phenomena with a unique fusion of theoretical work on the evolution of cooperation, ethnographic descriptions of social behavior, and a range of other experimental results. Their experimental and ethnographic data come from a small, insular group of middle-class Iraqi Christians called Chaldeans, living in metro Detroit, whom the Henrichs use as an example to show how kinship relations, ethnicity, and culturally transmitted traditions provide the key to explaining the evolutio