Societies within peace systems avoid war and build positive intergroup relationships

Humanities & Social Sciences Communications Vol/Iss. 8(17) Springer Nature Published In Pages: 1-9
By Fry, Douglas P., Souillac, Geneviève, Liebovitch, Larry, Coleman, Peter T., Agan, Kane, Nicholson-Cox, Elliot, Mason, Dani, Gomez, Frank Palma, Strauss, Susie


In this article, the authors explore cultural variables that they propose contribute to the maintenance of peace in non-warring societies. These variables are compared in 16 peaceful systems (as coded by the authors from anthropological and historical data) and in 30 warring societies taken from the Standard Cross-Cultural Sample (SCCS). Findings associate more peaceful cultures with peace systems, and non-peaceful cultures with warring societies.


In addition to empirical testing, cultural variables associated with peaceful societies were also ranked using a machine learning program called Random Forest.


Sample Used Coded Data Comment
Standard Cross Cultural Sample (SCCS)Researcher's own
Ethnographic ReportsResearcher's own

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