Peters, Benjamin A.

Peace Ethology: Behavioral Processes and Systems of Peace

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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.


Guide to Peace Ethology; Behavioral Processes and Systems of Peace; the nature of peace; proximate causation and peace; A Social-Psychological Perspective on the Proximate Causation of Peaceful Behavior; The Needs-Based Model of Reconciliation; Inclusion as a Pathway to Peace; The Psychological Experience of Exclusion and Inclusion in Culturally Diverse Social Settings; The Peacekeeping and Peacemaking Role of Chimpanzee Bystanders; The Experiential Peace Building Cycle; Grassroots Diplomacy, Environmental Education, and Environmental Norms; The Developmental Niche for Peace; Children’s Peacekeeping and Peacemaking; The Role of Relationships in the Emergence of Peace; Reintegration of Former Child Soldiers;Communal Approaches to Healing the Woundsand Building Peace in Post-Conflict Societies

, War & Peace Studies, Anthropology Special Topics, War & Peace Studies, Anthropology Special Topics
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