Social Dilemmas: The Psychology of Human Cooperation by Paul A. M. Van LangeSocial Dilemmas: The Psychology of Human Cooperation by Paul A. M. Van Lange

Social Dilemmas: The Psychology of Human Cooperation

byPaul A. M. Van Lange, Daniel Balliet, Craig D. Parks

Paperback | August 15, 2015

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One of the key scientific challenges is the puzzle of human cooperation. Why do people cooperate? Why do people help strangers, even sometimes at a major cost to themselves? Why do people want to punish people who violate norms and undermine collective interests? This book is inspired by the fact that social dilemmas, defined in terms of conflicts between (often short-term) self-interest and (often longer-term) collective interest, are omnipresent. The book centers on two major themes. The first theme is the theoretical understanding of human cooperation:are people indeed other-regarding? The second theme is more practical, and perhaps normative: how can cooperation be promoted? This question is at the heart of the functioning of relationships, organizations, as well as the society as a whole. In capturing the breadth and relevance of socialdilemmas and psychology of human cooperation, this book is structured in three parts. The first part focuses on the definition of social dilemmas, along with the historical development of scientific theorizing of human cooperation and the development of social dilemma as a game in which to studycooperation. The second part presents three chapters, each of which adopts a relatively unique perspective on human cooperation: an evolutionary perspective, a psychological perspective, and a cultural perspective. The third part focuses on applications of social dilemmas in domains as broad andimportant as management and organizations, environmental issues, politics, national security, and health. Social Dilemmas is strongly inspired by the notion that science is never finished. Each chapter therefore concludes with a discussion of two (or more) basic issues that are often inherently intriguing, and often need more research and theory. The concluding chapter outlines avenues for futuredirections.
Paul Van Lange is Professor of Social Psychology and Chair of the Department of Social and Organizational Psychology at the VU University at Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Most of his research on human cooperation and trust is grounded in interdependence theory, through which he seeks to understand the functions of forgiveness, generosity...
Title:Social Dilemmas: The Psychology of Human CooperationFormat:PaperbackDimensions:212 pages, 9.21 × 5.98 × 0.39 inPublished:August 15, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0190276967

ISBN - 13:9780190276966


Table of Contents

PrefacePART ONE: Introduction to Social Dilemmas1. Introduction and Definition2. History, Methods, and ParadigmsPART TWO: Perspectives to Social Dilemmas3. Evolutionary Perspectives4. Psychological Perspectives5. Cultural PerspectivesPART THREE: Applications and Future of Social Dilemmas6. Management and Organizations7. Environment, Politics, Security, and Health8. Prospects for the FutureReferencesIndex