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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 evolution of cooperation over multiple generations.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780195300680
ISBN-10: 0195300688
Format: Hardback
(234mm x 156mm x 23mm)
Pages: 280
Imprint: Oxford University Press Inc
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Publish Date: 1-Jan-2007
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Joseph Henrich

Natalie Henrich is Assistant Professor at University of British Columbia, Department of Medicine/BCCDC (BC Center for Disease Control) 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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