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The dynamics of men’s cooperation and social status in a small-scale society

O'Gorman, Rick and Redhead, Daniel J and von Rueden, Chris and Gurven, Michael and Kaplan, Hillard (2019) 'The dynamics of men’s cooperation and social status in a small-scale society.' Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 286 (1908). ISSN 0962-8452

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We propose that networks of cooperation and allocation of social status co-emerge in human groups. We substantiate this hypothesis with one of the first longitudinal studies of cooperation in a preindustrial society, spanning 8 years. Using longitudinal social network analysis of cooperation among men, we find large effects of kinship, reciprocity and transitivity in the nomination of cooperation partners over time. Independent of these effects, we show that (i) higher-status individuals gain more cooperation partners, and (ii) individuals gain status by cooperating with individuals of higher status than themselves. We posit that human hierarchies are more egalitarian relative to other primates species, owing in part to greater interdependence between cooperation and status hierarchy.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: cooperation, social status, hierarchy, egalitarianism, social networks
Divisions: Faculty of Science and Health > Psychology, Department of
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 07 Aug 2019 13:11
Last Modified: 19 Jun 2020 10:15

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