CARTA: Male Aggression and Violence in Human Evolution – Polly Wiessner: Violence: What’s Culture Got to Do with It?
Premiere Date: 8/1/2014; 19 minutes


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All humans have the capacity for aggression and reconciliation. However, it is cultural institutions that harness aggression by shaping cognition, corresponding emotions and defining appropriate responses. In this talk, Polly Wiessner (Univ of Utah) compares the cultural institutions related to aggression and violence and their outcomes in two different societies: Ju/'hoan hunter-gatherers of the Kalahari and Enga horticulturists of Papua New Guinea. She tries to show "what culture has to do with it" and demonstrate real consequences. Recorded on 05/16/2014. (#28353)


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