Friendship: Development, Ecology and Evolution of a Relationship (2010)
By: Daniel J. Hruschka. University of California Press
Friends-they are generous and cooperative with each other in ways that
appear to defy standard evolutionary expectations, frequently
sacrificing for one another without concern for past behaviors or
future consequences. In this fascinating multidisciplinary study,
Daniel J. Hruschka synthesizes an array of cross-cultural,
experimental, and ethnographic data to understand the broad meaning of
friendship, how it develops, how it interfaces with kinship and
romantic relationships, and how it differs from place to place.
Hruschka argues that friendship is a special form of reciprocal
altruism based not on tit-for-tat accounting or forward-looking
rationality, but rather on mutual goodwill that is built up along the
way in human relationships.
(My publication)Posted: Monday, September 20, 2010