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New book: Why are cultures warlike or peaceful?
Author: Agner Date: 2016-09-21 09:55
This is a draft manuscript of my forthcoming book - open for comments.


Abstract

Regality theory is a theory saying that people show a preference for strong leadership in times of war or collective danger, but a preference for an egalitarian political system in times of peace and safety. These psychological preferences in individuals are reflected in the political structure and culture of the society. A society in danger will develop in the direction called regal, which includes strong nationalism, discipline, strict religiosity, strict sexual morals and perfectionist art. A society in peace will develop in the opposite direction called kungic, which includes egalitarianism and tolerance. The book is both theoretical and experimental. The theoretical explanation of the regal-versus-kungic dimension is based on evolutionary theory, game theory, biological life history theory and ecological theory. Contributions from the social sciences and the humanities are added to further analyze historical examples of regal and kungic developments. The theory is tested on data from both contemporary and ancient societies. These tests confirm the predictions of the theory. A concluding chapter discusses the applications of regality theory to history, archaeology, political science, conflict and peace research, social psychology, cultural studies, etc.


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