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Coalitions and conflict among men

In the Bolivian Tsimané, who supports who is affected by physical size, social status, and existing cooperative and antagonistic relationships

As in many other socially-living species, humans form coalitions to gain advantage in conflicts or to seek or maintain social status. However, studying coalition formation in human societies is complicated by the formal institutions – such as businesses, courts, and governments – that structure social relationships and conflict resolution. But even in small-scale human societies with a relative lack of such formal institutions, there is scant research on the details of coalition formation.

© Daniel Redhead