Is It Good to Cooperate? Testing the Theory of Morality-as-Cooperation in 60 Societies

Current Anthropology Vol/Iss. 60(1) University of Chicago Press Published In Pages: 47-69
By Curry, Oliver Scott, Mullins, Daniel Austin, Whitehouse, Harvey


The present study examines 60 societies from the Probability Sample Files to see if there is a cross-cultural moral valence of seven cooperative behaviors. These behaviors include: being brave, deferring to superiors, dividing disputed resources, helping kin, helping your group, reciprocating, and respecting prior possessions. The results offer support for the theory of morality-as-cooperation that these seven behaviors tend to be widely held morals across cultures.


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Probability Sample Files (PSF)Previously Coded

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