Hierarchy in the Forest: The Evolution of Egalitarian Behavior (2020)

Hierarchy in the Forest The Evolution of Egalitarian Behavior Are humans by nature hierarchical or egalitarian Hierarchy in the Forest addresses this question by examining the evolutionary origins of social and political behavior Christopher Boehm an anthropolo
  • Title: Hierarchy in the Forest: The Evolution of Egalitarian Behavior
  • Author: Christopher Boehm
  • ISBN: 9780674006911
  • Page: 421
  • Format: Paperback
  • Hierarchy in the Forest: The Evolution of Egalitarian Behavior
    Are humans by nature hierarchical or egalitarian Hierarchy in the Forest addresses this question by examining the evolutionary origins of social and political behavior Christopher Boehm, an anthropologist whose fieldwork has focused on the political arrangements of human and nonhuman primate groups, postulates that egalitarianism is in effect a hierarchy in which the weaAre humans by nature hierarchical or egalitarian Hierarchy in the Forest addresses this question by examining the evolutionary origins of social and political behavior Christopher Boehm, an anthropologist whose fieldwork has focused on the political arrangements of human and nonhuman primate groups, postulates that egalitarianism is in effect a hierarchy in which the weak combine forces to dominate the strong.The political flexibility of our species is formidable we can be quite egalitarian, we can be quite despotic Hierarchy in the Forest traces the roots of these contradictory traits in chimpanzee, bonobo, gorilla, and early human societies Boehm looks at the loose group structures of hunter gatherers, then at tribal segmentation, and finally at present day governments to see how these conflicting tendencies are reflected.Hierarchy in the Forest claims new territory for biological anthropology and evolutionary biology by extending the domain of these sciences into a crucial aspect of human political and social behavior This book will be a key document in the study of the evolutionary basis of genuine altruism.
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    1. Christopher Boehm is a professor of anthropology and director of the Jane Goodall Research Center at the University of California He has read hundreds of anthropological studies on a variety of human societies He also spent time with Goodall at Gombe National Park, observing the behavior of wild chimpanzees These experiences inspired him to speculate on our evolutionary journey, and to attempt the daunting challenge of defining human nature, the core essence shared by all humans He presented his [...]

    2. On early human politics Did we do we have to live in a world described by the hideous phraseology of dominance, submission and the alpha male No We didn t nobody apes included ever likes to, and we and the apes indeed defeated tyranny by coalitions, and kept tyranny down by the vigilance of coalitions He looks at such behaviour in the apes, and in hunter gatherers who remain in the world for us to study Freedom, as a value, is gained and maintained in early style societies, that are insistently [...]

    3. This book gives you a lot to think about I m just not a fan of calling collective self defense against bullies a reverse hierarchy It s kind of an interesting way of looking at things and it makes for a provocative book but it also leads to some screwy ideas regarding the necessity of hierarchy to exist in some form in all human societies Since human nature arguments will always be used to justify and demonize different political arrangements people are never gonna come to a full agreement on th [...]

    4. Hierarchy in the Forest was, for me, one of those happy and serendipitous circumstances when finding a book in a used book store changed my view of the world and my approach to research Not only did it reframe how I understood political humor, and its role in egalitarian societies the focus of my research , it changed how I viewed politics generally A good deal of research in political science, even that using evolutionary theory, tends to assume humans are ruled and defined by authoritarian im [...]

    5. Great book and information Terrible writing.Pro This is must know information for everyone working with groups Very useful and informative to know that foragers became tribes and chiefdoms but still remained egalitarian as much as they could.Con He starts of the book with great examples from anthropology literature about bands and tribes Great examples that illustrate his points But the last 1 3 of the book is just mediocre philosophy without any good academic references as in the first part Rem [...]

    6. This book was super interesting and important because it really changed my understanding of hunter gatherer egalitarian politics.That being said, the author isn t a great writer the book is repetitive, and it s annoying because this is not a report so much as a war cry and instruction manual for the assumed reader the average man Guys Boehm says, I have figured out a way for us to get rid of the alpha males that are stealing all the best chicks I am super glad I read this book because I used to [...]

    7. Highly informative anthropological account of hierarchy, inequality, and gender roles as they are observed in primates and hunter gatherer tribes bands In my top 5 nonfiction recommendations.

    8. Boehm has a relatively simple hypothesis environmental circumstances pressured early hominids to evolve altruistically despite strong genetic pressure toward selfishness His arguments are mostly convincing, and his knowledge of anthropology expansive enough to support any claims of expertise The packaging of this argument, however, leaves much to be desired Boehm apparently feels the need to cover entirely too much ground in the effort to support his case, leaving the book feeling long, plodding [...]

    9. Boehm clearly establishes the book s main thesis that in nearly all nomadic forager societies, as well as in many horticultural and pastoralist societies, egalitarianism is established and maintained by a strong social ethic The entire community is constantly vigilant against those who attempt to usurp authority over others, wielding various levels of ostracism to discourage would be despots Thus, he characterizes egalitarian societies as community led, rather than without a leader The dominance [...]

    10. First to document rough egalitarianism in all hunter gatherer societies, and, although giving his own hypothesis, noted that a theory is badly needed to explain it.

    11. Fascinating look at how power was and is managed in so called primitive societies, which may have maintained greater personal autonomy and egalitarian values than we imagine.

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