Peace Ethology: Behavioral Processes and Systems of Peace

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Peter Verbeek, Benjamin A. Peters
John Wiley & Sons, Jul 23, 2018 - Science - 344 pages

A scholarly collection of timely essays on the behavioral science of peace

With contributions from experts representing a wide variety of scholarly fields (behavioral and social sciences, philosophy, environmental science, anthropology and economics), Peace Ethology offers original essays on the most recent research and findings on the topic of the behavioral science of peace. This much-needed volume includes writings that examine four main areas of study: the proximate causation of peace, the developmental aspects of peace, the function and systems of peace and the evolution of peace.

The popular belief persists that, by nature, humans are not pre-disposed to peace. However, archeological and paleontological evidence reveals that the vast majority of our time as a species has been spent in small hunter-gatherer bands that are basically peaceful and egalitarian in nature. The text also reveals that most of the earth’s people are living in more peaceful societies than in centuries past. This hopeful compendium of essays:

  • Contains writings from noted experts from a variety of academic studies
  • Offers a social-psychological perspective on the causation of peaceful behavior
  • Includes information on children’s peacekeeping and peacemaking
  • Presents ideas for overcoming social tension between police and civilians
  • Provides the most recent thinking on the behavioral science of peace

Written for students and academics of the behavioral and social sciences, Peace Ethology offers scholarly essays on the development, nature, and current state of peace.


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List of Contributors
List of Contributors
The Psychological Experiences of Exclusion
The Peacekeeping and Peacemaking Role of Chimpanzee Bystanders
Grassroots Diplomacy Environmental
Part Two Development
Childrens Peacekeeping and Peacemaking
The Role of Relationships in the Emergence of Peace
Part Three Function
Constitutions as Peace Systems and the Function of the Costa Rican and Japanese
Gandhis Oceanic Circles as Decentralized Peace
Building Peace Benefits
Part Four Evolution
Our Evolutionary Heritage
Natural Peace

Communal Approaches to Healing

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Peter Verbeek, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Alabama, USA

Benjamin A. Peters, University of Michigan, Michigan, USA

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