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PaybackWhy We Retaliate, Redirect Aggression, and Take Revenge$
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David P. Barash and Judith Eve Lipton

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780195395143

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780195395143.001.0001

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Social

Social

Revenge, Feuding, Rioting, Terrorism, War, and Other Delights

Chapter:
(p.91) 4 Social
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Payback
Author(s):

David P. Barash

Judith Eve Lipton

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780195395143.003.0004

This chapter examines how payback magnifies and ramifies onto a larger, social canvas. It first makes the case that a solid line—based on the Three Rs—runs through revenge to feuding, through the personal to the social, often mediated by the behavior of unscrupulous leaders and abetted by the poisonous effects of culturally sanctioned rumination. It then turns to what happens when rumination becomes action, such as in the case of ethnic rioting. It also considers the implications of the Three Rs for terrorism and war.

Keywords:   payback, pain-passing, cultural traditions, rumination, ethnic rioting, war, warfare, terrorism

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