Journals Higher Education

$39.95

Paperback

28 July 2005

384 Pages | 30 halftones, 12 line illus.

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

ISBN: 9780195181784


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The Human Potential for Peace

An Anthropological Challenge to Assumptions about War and Violence

Douglas P. Fry

In The Human Potential for Peace: An Anthropological Challenge to Assumptions about War and Violence, renowned anthropologist Douglas P. Fry shows how anthropology--with its expansive time frame and comparative orientation--can provide unique insights into the nature of war and the potential for peace. Challenging the traditional view that humans are by nature primarily violent and warlike, Professor Fry argues that along with the capacity for aggression humans also possess a strong ability to prevent, limit, and resolve conflicts without violence. He draws on data from cultural anthropology, archaeology, and sociology as well as from behavioral ecology and evolutionary biology to construct a biosocial argument that challenges a host of commonly held assumptions.

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