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Order and anarchy : civil society, social disorder and war.

Layton, R. H. (2006) 'Order and anarchy : civil society, social disorder and war.', Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.


Argues against the view that the Capitalist market economy is uniquely conducive to the creation of civil society. Shows that Locke and Ferguson identified civil society with social co-operation based on rational self- interest in all human societies. Draws on Darwinian theory to represent the evolution of social systems and the environments in which they are situated. Criticises claims for a direct evolutionary link between chimpanzee inter-group aggression and human warfare.

Item Type:Book
Additional Information:Sample chapter deposited. Chapter 4: 'Warfare, biology and culture.', pp.138-173. Working paper No 63: 'Civil Society and Social Cohesion - a reassessment' is available from the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology:
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Publisher statement:© Robert Layton 2006.
Record Created:24 May 2007
Last Modified:31 Aug 2011 09:59

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