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Published: 25 November 2021

256 Pages


ISBN: 9780199646364

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The Ritual Animal

Imitation and Cohesion in the Evolution of Social Complexity

Harvey Whitehouse

  • Constitutes a major new paradigm for transdisciplinary social science
  • Shows the public policy implications of the research in a way that could lead to practical interventions to tackle problems rooted in small-group bonding (e.g. violent extremism, hooliganism, recidivism among ex-offenders) and to identify new ways of tackling global cooperation problems (e.g. action on climate change, responding to pandemic threat, fostering freedom of belief)
  • Provides the most up to date and comprehensive account of the modes theory, and its evidential basis