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What is a group? Conceptual clarity can help integrate evolutionary and social scientific research on cooperation

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  27 June 2014

Drew Gerkey
Affiliation:
Postdoctoral Fellow, National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center, University of Maryland, Annapolis, MD 21401. drew.gerkey@gmail.comwww.sesync.org
Lee Cronk
Affiliation:
Department of Anthropology and Center for Human Evolutionary Studies, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ 08901. lcronk@anthropology.rutgers.eduhttp://anthro.rutgers.edu/fac/department-undergrad-a-grad-faculty/lee-cronk

Abstract

Smaldino argues that evolutionary theories of social behavior do not adequately explain the emergence of group-level traits, including differentiation of roles and organized interactions among individuals. We find Smaldino's account to be commendable but incomplete. Our commentary focuses on a simple question that has not been adequately addressed: What is a group?

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Open Peer Commentary
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Copyright © Cambridge University Press 2014 

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