Risky Transactions

Risky Transactions : Trust, Kinship and Ethnicity

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Trust is a central feature of relationships within the Mafia, oppressed minorities, kin groups everywhere, among dissidents, nationalist freedom fighters, ethnic tourists, ethnic middlemen, exchange networks of Kalahari Bushmen, and families subjected to Stalinist social control. Each of these types of trust is examined by a leading scholar and compared with the expectations of neo-Darwinian theory, in particular the theories of kin selection and ethnic nepotism. The result is a fascinating, theoretically focused yet empirically eclectic contribution to the overlapping fields of human ethnology, evolutionary psychology, and bio-politics. The common thread uniting these diverse phenomena is a trusting relationship predicated on altruism. Chapters examine the strengths and limits of human trust under various stressers and temptations to defect.



By exploring the relationship between kin and ethnic altruism and showing its sensitivity to culture, Risky Transactions recasts the evolutionary approach to ethnicity as a blend of primordial and instrumental factors.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 320 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 17.02mm | 435g
  • Herndon, United States
  • English
  • New
  • 1571813195
  • 9781571813190
  • 2,420,680

Table of contents

Acknowledgements



PART I: INTRODUCTION



Chapter 1. From Mafia to freedom fighters: Questions raised by ethology and sociobiology

Frank K. Salter



PART II: ETHNOGRAPHY



Chapter 2. Taking the risk out of risky transactions: A forager's dilemma

Polly Wiessner



PART III: PSYCHOLOGICAL MECHANISMS



Chapter 3. Kith-and-kin rationality in risky choices: Theoretical modeling and cross-cultural empirical testing

X.T.Wang



Chapter 4. Altruism begins at home: Evidence for a kin selection heuristic sensitive to the costs and benefits of helping

Eugene Burnstein, Christine Branigan and Grazyna Wieczorkowska-Nejtardt



PART IV: RISKY BUSINESS, ILLICIT AND LICIT



Chapter 5. Mafia and blood symbolism

Anton Blok



Chapter 6. Cognitive and classificatory foundations of trust and informal institutions: A new and expanded theory of ethnic trading networks

Janet T. Landa



PART V: OPPRESSED FAMILIES AND MINORITIES



Chapter 7. Risky transactions under a totalitarian regime: The Romanian case

Carmen Strungaru



Chapter 8. Strategies for mitigating risk among Jewish groups

Kevin MacDonald



PART VI: AIDS, THE U.S. SUPREME COURT, AND TOURISM



Chapter 9. Ethnicity, transactional risk of HIV, and male homosexual partnering behaviour

James N. Schubert and Margaret Ann Curran



Chapter 10. Dialect, sex and risk effects on judges' questioning of counsel in Supreme Court oral argument

James N. Schubert, Steven A. Peterson, Glendon Schubert and Stephen L .Wasby



Chapter 11. Risk and deceit in transient, non-repeated interactions: The case of tourism

Pierre L. van den Berghe



PART VII: EVOLUTIONARY SYNTHESES



Chapter 12. Ethnic solidarity as risk avoidance: An evolutionary view

Peter Meyer



Chapter 13. Ethnic nepotism as a two-edged sword: The risk-mitigating role of ethnicity among mafiosi, nationalist fighters, middlemen, and dissidents

Frank K. Salter



Notes on contributors

Bibliography

Index
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About Frank K. Salter

Frank K. Salter is a Researcher at the Max-Planck-Institute for Behavioral Physiology and the Center for Human Sciences, University of Munich.
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