Inter‐group aggression: The multi‐individual organism and the survival instinct

  title={Inter‐group aggression: The multi‐individual organism and the survival instinct},
  author={Nevin C. Hughes-Jones},
  journal={Medicine, Conflict and Survival},
  pages={231 - 235}
  • N. Hughes-Jones
  • Published 1 April 2000
  • Psychology
  • Medicine, Conflict and Survival
Inter‐group aggression, carried out at the level of the in‐groups and out‐groups of ethnocentric theory, continued unabated throughout the twentieth century. Its frequency, together with its ferocity, indicates a potent biological cause. We have evolved as social animals, and it is postulated that evolution has proceeded to such an extent that ‘multi‐individual social organisms’, that is, ‘social groups that fight each other are self‐sustaining, self‐replicating wholes containing interdependent… 
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