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Author Henrich, Natalie, 1973-

Title Why humans cooperate : a cultural and evolutionary explanation / Natalie Henrich, Joseph Henrich
Published Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2007
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Description 1 online resource (xi, 267 pages) : illustrations
Series Evolution and cognition
Evolution and cognition.
Contents 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
Summary 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
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 241-254) and index
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Subject Chaldean Catholics -- Michigan -- Detroit Region
Interpersonal relations -- Case studies.
Genre/Form Case studies.
Case studies.
Form Electronic book
Author Henrich, Joseph Patrick.
LC no. 2006048326
ISBN 0195300688 (Cloth)
0195314239 (Paper)
0198041179 (electronic bk.)
9780195300680 (Cloth)
9780195314236 (Paper)
9780198041177 (electronic bk.)