Why Humans Cooperate
A Cultural and Evolutionary Explanation
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Why Humans Cooperate by Joseph Henrich
Book DescriptionCooperation 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 evolution of cooperation over multiple generations.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780195314236
(235mm x 155mm x 20mm)
Imprint: Oxford University Press Inc
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Publish Date: 1-Jan-2007
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Joseph Henrich
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Combining ethnographic and experimental approaches, this book reports the results of a large cross-cultural study aimed at determining the sources of social (non-selfish) preferences that underlie the diversity of human sociality. This book includes a succinct but substantive introduction to the use of game theory as an analytical tool.
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Author Biography - Joseph Henrich
Natalie Henrich is Adjunct Professor of Anthropology at Emory University. Joseph Henrich is Canada Research Chair in Culture, Cognition, & Evolution and Associate Professor of Psychology and Economics at the University of British Columbia.
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