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Foundations of Human Sociality: Economic Experiments and Ethnographic Evidence from Fifteen Small-Scale Societies

Joseph Henrich, Robert Boyd, Samuel Bowles, Colin Camerer, Ernst Fehr, and Herbert Gintis


This book is the result of a collaborative effort by eleven anthropologists and six economists, and questions the motives that underlie the ways that humans interact socially, and whether these are the same for all societies, and are part of our nature, or are influenced by our environments. Over the past decade, research in experimental economics has emphatically falsified the textbook representation of Homo economicus, with hundreds of experiments that have suggested that people care not only about their own material payoffs but also about such things as fairness, equity, and reciprocity. Ho ... More

Keywords: anthropology, cooperation, cross‐cultural study, cultural differences, cultural environment, economic environment, economic experiments, environment, equity, ethnographic research, ethnography, experimental economics, fairness, game theory, historical research, human sociality, market integration, motivation, reciprocity, self‐interest, small‐scale societies, social behaviour, social environment

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Print publication date: 2004 Print ISBN-13: 9780199262052
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2005 DOI:10.1093/0199262055.001.0001


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Joseph Henrich, editor

Robert Boyd, editor
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1 Introduction and Guide to the Volume

Joseph Henrich, Robert Boyd, Samuel Bowles, Colin F. Camerer, Ernst Fehr, and Herbert Gintis

2 Overview and Synthesis

Joseph Henrich, Robert Boyd, Samuel Bowles, Colin F. Camerer, Ernst Fehr, Herbert Gintis, and Richard McElreath