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Threats: Intimidation and Its Discontents

David P. Barash


This book studies situations in which individuals threaten each other or feel threatened by society, and often respond in ways that threaten social stability in turn. Animals also engage in all sorts of threats, an understanding of which opens one's eyes to the world of animal behavior otherwise hidden, while also revealing the strange and important question of honest versus dishonest communication. The dynamic of threat-and-response gives insight into such human dilemmas as the fear of death and how this has been manipulated by many organized religions; how fear of strangers and supposed enem ... More

Keywords: American gun culture, animal behavior, capital punishment, death, deterrence, mutual annihilation, right-wing nationalist populism, society, social stability, threats

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780190055295
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190055295.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David P. Barash, author
Professor Emeritus of Psychology, University of Washington