Journal of Economic Literature: Vol. 49 No. 2 - Book Review
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Published By: Evolution and Cognition series. Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 978-0-19-530068-0, cloth; 978-0-19-531423-6, pbk.
Date of Publication: 2007
Reviewed by: Scott E. Page of University of Michigan and Santa Fe Institute
Review DOI: 10.1257/jel.49.2.433.r4
Review Pages: 444-46
Examines the evolution of cooperation and altruism in the human species. Discusses evolution, culture, cooperation, and the Chaldeans; dual inheritance theory--the evolution of cultural capacities and cultural evolution; evolutionary theory and the social psychology of human cooperation; the Chaldeans--history and the community today; family first--how kinship explains most cooperative behavior; cooperation through reciprocity and reputation; social norms and prosociality; whether culturally evolved social norms lead to context-specific cooperation; ethnicity--in-group preferences and cooperation; and cooperative dilemmas in the world today. Natalie Henrich is Assistant Professor at the University of British Columbia/BC Center for Disease Control. Joseph Henrich is Canada Research Chair in Culture, Cognition, and Evolution and Associate Professor of Psychology and Economics at the University of British Columbia. Index.
Z13: Economic Sociology; Economic Anthropology