Aggression and Peacefulness in Humans and Other Primates

Hardcover | November 1, 1993

EditorJames Silverberg, J. Patrick Gray

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This book explores the role of aggression in primate social systems and its implications for human behavior. Many people look to primate studies to see if and how we might be able to predict violent behavior in humans, or ultimately to control war. Of particular interest in the study ofprimate aggression are questions such as: how do primates use aggression to maintain social organization; what are the costs of aggression; why do some primates avoid aggressive behavior altogether. Students and researchers in primatology, behavioral biology, anthropology, and psychology will readwith interest as the editors and contributors to this book address these and other basic research questions about aggression. They bring new information to the topic as well as an integrated view of aggression that combines important evolutionary considerations with developmental, sociological andcultural perspectives.

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This book explores the role of aggression in primate social systems and its implications for human behavior. Many people look to primate studies to see if and how we might be able to predict violent behavior in humans, or ultimately to control war. Of particular interest in the study ofprimate aggression are questions such as: how do p...

James Silverberg is Professor Emeritus and J. Patrick Gray is an Associate Professor of Anthropology, both at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:328 pages, 9.57 × 6.38 × 0.91 inPublished:November 1, 1993Publisher:Oxford University Press

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Table of Contents

1. J. Silverberg and J.P. Gray: Violence and Peacefulness as Behavioral Potentialities of Primates2. F.B.M. de Waal: Aggression as a Well-Integrated Part of Primate Social Relationships: A Critique of the Seville Statement on Violence3. D.S. Sade: Dominance Hierarchies as Partial Orders: A New Look at Old Ideas4. J.D. Baldwin: Determinants of Aggression in Squirrel Monkeys5. K.B. Strier: Causes and Consequences of Nonaggression Among the Woolly Spider Monkey or Muriqui6. M.E. Pereira: The Development of Dominance Relations Before Puberty in Cercopithecene Societies7. F.F. Strayer: The Development of Agonistic and Affiliative Structures in Preschool Play Groups8. C. Lauer: Variability in the Patterns of Agonistic Behavior of Preschool Children9. C.A. Robarchek and C.J. Robarchek: Cultures of War and Peace: A Comparative Study of Waorani and Semai10. R.K. Denton: The Rise, Maintenance and Destruction of Peaceable Polity: A Preliminary Essay in Political Ecology11. M.H. Ross: Social Structure, Psychocultural Dispositions and Violent Conflict: Extensions from a Cross-Cultural Study

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"Competent and very readable summaries of the state of the art within the respective disciplines or specialisms. . . . a must for primatologists, psychologists, anthropologists, students of war and peace in preindustrial societies, and in general anyone interested in the comparative and/orevolutionary study of behavior." --European Sociobiological Society