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Ancestral Landscapes in Human EvolutionCulture, Childrearing and Social Wellbeing$
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Darcia Narvaez, Kristin Valentino, Agustin Fuentes, James J. McKenna, and Peter Gray

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199964253

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199964253.001.0001

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Evolutionary Adaptation and Violent Aggression

Evolutionary Adaptation and Violent Aggression

From Myths to Realities

(p.189) Commentary Evolutionary Adaptation and Violent Aggression
Ancestral Landscapes in Human Evolution

Riane Eisler

Oxford University Press

Chapter 7 on ritualized non-lethal aggression and rough and tumble play provides evidence that restraint of aggression has been adaptive for most species, including ours. The article counters popular myths about an inherently violent human nature, and highlights the importance of learning. Although it does not elaborate on this, it is in line with studies on the interaction of genes and experiences as molded by cultures, and corroborates studies showing the cross-cultural correlation between the acceptance of violence against women and children and intertribal raids, warfare, and terrorism.

Keywords:   evolution, gender, violence, childhood

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