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Cooperation and Prosocial Behaviour - Robert A. Hinde

Cooperation and Prosocial Behaviour

By: Robert A. Hinde (Editor), Jo Groebel (Editor), Anne (Foreword by)

Hardcover Published: 29th November 1991
ISBN: 9780521391108
Number Of Pages: 382

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An increasing number of people accept competitiveness as a basis for living. However, while competitiveness may have its place, cooperation is more important in many contexts, and interpersonal relationships are the most important elements in our lives. This is true not only of individuals, but also of groups and nations. We need to create international relationships based on trust and mutual understanding which permit the world to remain as diverse and colourful a place as it is now. In this book, prominent authors from disciplines as diverse as biology, philosophy and the social sciences have come together to consider the nature of cooperation and prosocial behaviour at levels of social complexity ranging from the individual to the international. Successive sections cover key topics such as the relations between cooperation in animals and humans; the development of prosocial propensities in humans; aspects of the situation and of personality that increase the probability that individuals will behave prosocially; the relationships between trust, cooperation and commitment; and cooperation between groups and nations. Three case studies which illustrate the important issue of international cooperation are also included. The chapters are integrated by a series of useful editorials which emphasise that a full understanding of cooperation and prosocial behaviour requires us to move between different levels of social complexity.

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'The subject is treated in considerable breadth and depth, ideas are developed as lines of argument throughout the book, and there is much to interest the reader, whether they may be a student, an interested general reader, a social scientist or even a policy maker.' Alain Schmitt, Human Ethology Newsletter

List of contributors
Foreword Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal
Cooperation In Animals and Man: Editorial
Help, cooperation and trust in animals
Culture and cooperation
The Development of Prosocial Propensities: Editorial
The development and socialization of prosocial behaviour
Cross-cultural differences in assertiveness competition vs. group loyalty cooperation
The development of prosocial behaviour in large-scale collective societies: China and Japan
The learning of prosocial behaviour in small-scale egalitarian societies: an anthropological view
Situational and Personality Determinants of Prosocial Behaviour: Editorial
Situational and personality determinants of the quantity and quality of helping
Perceiving the causes of altruism
Complications and complexity in the pursuit of justice
Trust, Commitment and Cooperation: Editorial
The dynamics of interpersonal trust: resolving uncertainty in the face of risk
Commitment old and new: social pressure and individual choice in making relationships last
Cooperation in a microcosm: lessons from laboratory games
Determinants of instrumental intra-group cooperation
Cooperation Between Groups: Editorial
Changing assumptions about conflict and negotiation
Cooperation between groups
The role of UNESCO in the development of international cooperation
US-Soviet cooperation against terrorism: common ground
US policy towards the Soviet Union from Carter to Bush
Name index
Subject index
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ISBN: 9780521391108
ISBN-10: 0521391105
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 382
Published: 29th November 1991
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 2.24
Weight (kg): 0.68