Dominance, prestige, and the role of leveling in human social hierarchy and equality.

  title={Dominance, prestige, and the role of leveling in human social hierarchy and equality.},
  author={Joey T. Cheng},
  journal={Current opinion in psychology},
  • Joey T. Cheng
  • Published 31 October 2019
  • Psychology
  • Current opinion in psychology
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