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1st Edition

The Basis of Sociability

ISBN 9780415838191
Published October 10, 2014 by Routledge
292 Pages

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Book Description

Is human nature cooperative?

Man is often said to be a social animal – but what does that mean? Michael Argyle believed that one of the most important components – our capacity to cooperate – had been overlooked and indeed that the whole notion of cooperation had not been properly understood.

Originally published in 1991 the author was critical of earlier approaches, he put forward a new and extended understanding of what cooperation consists of, showing the form it took in different relationships and its origins in evolution and socialisation. He offered new solutions to intergroup and other social problems and took a new look at language and communication as a cooperative enterprise.

Table of Contents

Preface  Part 1: The study of cooperation  1 Introduction  2 Experiments on cooperation  Part 2: The origins of cooperation  3 The evolution of cooperation  4 Cultural differences in cooperation  5 Communication and cooperation in children  Part 3: Cooperation in different relationships  Introduction to Part 3  6 Cooperation in working groups  7 Cooperation in the family  8 Friendship  Part 4: Personality and social interaction  9 Communication and conversation  10 Individual differences in cooperation  11 Promoting cooperation between members of different groups  12 Conclusions  References  Name index  Subject index

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