The Human Potential for Peace
An Anthropological Challenge to Assumptions About War and Violence
By (author) Douglas P. Fry
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Human Potential for Peace by Douglas P. Fry
Book DescriptionThe Human Potential for Peace provides a clearly written, critical re-evaluation of anthropological findings on violence, war, peace, and conflict management. Drawing upon anthropological data from both cultural studies and evolutionary biology, this volume challenges the traditional view that humans are naturally violent and warlike and argues that we, in fact, possess a strong ability to prevent, limit, and resolve conflicts. In a highly readable style, the book critiques the assumptions, methodology, and logic of some previous studies, demonstrating a recurring bias in the literature that overemphasizes war and violence and ignores the human ability to resolve most conflicts without violence. Among the highly publicized anthropological controversies he examines are Derek Freeman's analysis of Margaret Mead's writings on Samoan warfare, Napoleon Chagnon's claims about the Yanomami, and ongoing debates about whether "hunter-gatherers" are peaceful or warlike. The book also employs short ethnographic examples, findings from the author's own research among the Zapotec of Mexico, results of cross-cultural studies on warfare, descriptions of peaceful societies, and archaeological material to illustrate that peacemaking and conflict resolution patterns do exist across cultures and that non-warring societies exist in substantial numbers.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780195181777
(241mm x 162mm x 23mm)
Imprint: Oxford University Press Inc
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Publish Date: 1-Jul-2005
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Douglas P. Fry
War, Peace, and Human Nature, Hardback (July 2013)
In War, Peace, and Human Nature, editor Doug Fry brings together leading experts in human behavioral ecology, and evolutionary biology, archeology, anthropology, and primatology to answer fundamental questions about conflict and human nature in an evolutionary context.
Human Potential for Peace, Paperback (September 2005)
Provides a re-evaluation of anthropological findings on violence, war, peace and conflict management. This volume draws upon anthropological data, from cultural studies and evolutionary biology. It challenges the traditional view that humans are naturally violent, and argues that we possess a strong ability to prevent and resolve conflicts.
Keeping the Peace, Paperback (October 2003)» View all books by Douglas P. Fry
This work highlights the existence of non-violent and anti-violent societies, combining theory and case studies of particular groups, to look at how they deal with conflict with a view to distilling lessons about peacemaking in a global context.
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