Statistical evidence for an ecological explaination of warfare

American Anthropologist Vol/Iss. 84 Published In Pages: 645-649
By Ember, Melvin


This study retests the data presented by Sillitoe (1977) in his study of the relationship between likelihood of warfare and population density in New Guinea. Contrary to Sillitoe, the author finds a strong and significant association between the two variables. The author also finds a significant relationship between the severity of food shortages and the frequency of warfare cross-culturally.


Sample Used Coded Data Comment
OtherOther ResearchersSillitoe 1977
Ethnographic Atlas (EA)Other ResearchersSmall random sample from C. Ember (1978)

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