The evolution of human co-operation : ritual and social complexity in stateless societies / Charles Stanish (University of California, Los Angeles, Santa Fe Institute, Sante Fe, New Mexico).
- Other Title:
- Evolution of human cooperation
- Cambridge, United Kingdom : Cambridge University Press, 2017.
xiii, 336 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
- "How do people living in small groups without money, markets, police and rigid social classes develop norms of economic and social cooperation that are sustainable over time? This book addresses this fundamental question and explains the origin, structure and spread of stateless societies. Using insights from game theory, ethnography and archaeology, Stanish shows how ritual - broadly defined - is the key. Ritual practices encode elaborate rules of behavior and are ingenious mechanisms of organizing society in the absence of coercive states. As well as asking why and how people choose to co-operate, Stanish also provides the theoretical framework to understand this collective action problem. He goes on to highlight the evolution of cooperation with ethnographic and archaeological data from around of the world. Merging evolutionary game theory concepts with cultural evolutionary theory, this book will appeal to those seeking a transdisciplinary approach to one of the greatest problems in human evolution."--Back cover.
- The evolution of human co-operation
Economic anthropology of stateless societies: the rise and fall of homo economicus
Conditional cooperators: the evolutionary game theory revolution
The role of coercion in social theory
The ritualized economy: how people in stateless societies co-operate
An anthropological game theory model for the evolution of ritualized economies
The evolution of ritualized economies: the archaeological evidence
Epilogue: "no beans, no Jesus".
- Includes bibliographical references (pages 276-323) and index.
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