Aggression and Peacefulness in Humans and Other Primates

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James Silverberg, J. Patrick Gray
Oxford University Press, Mar 19, 1992 - Psychology - 328 pages
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This book explores the role of aggression in primate social systems and its implications for human behavior. Many people look to primate studies to see if and how we might be able to predict violent behavior in humans, or ultimately to control war. Of particular interest in the study of primate aggression are questions such as: how do primates use aggression to maintain social organization; what are the costs of aggression; why do some primates avoid aggressive behavior altogether. Students and researchers in primatology, behavioral biology, anthropology, and psychology will read with interest as the editors and contributors to this book address these and other basic research questions about aggression. They bring new information to the topic as well as an integrated view of aggression that combines important evolutionary considerations with developmental, sociological and cultural perspectives.
 

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Contents

1 Violence and Peacefulness as Behavioral Potentialities of Primates
1
A Critique of the Seville Statement on Violence
37
3 Dominance Hierarchies as Partial Orders A New Look at Old Ideas
57
4 Determinants of Aggression in Squirrel Monkeys Saimiri
72
5 Causes and Consequences of Nonaggression in the Woolly Spider Monkey or Muriqui Brachyteles arachnoides
100
6 The Development of Dominance Relations Before Puberty in Cercopithecine Societies
117
7 The Development of Agonistic and Affiliative Structures in Preschool Play Groups
150
8 Variability in the Patterns of Agonistic Behavior of Preschool Children
172
A Comparative Study of Waorani and Semai
189
A Preliminary Essay in Political Ecology
214
Extensions from a Crosscultural Study
271
The Seville Statement on Violence
295
Index
299
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