Reconsidering Violence in Simple Human Societies: Homicide among the Gebusi of New Guinea [and Comments and Reply]

@article{Knauft1987ReconsideringVI,
  title={Reconsidering Violence in Simple Human Societies: Homicide among the Gebusi of New Guinea [and Comments and Reply]},
  author={Bruce M. Knauft and M. Daly and M. Wilson and L. Donald and Keith F. Otterbein and M. Ross and W. van Wetering},
  journal={Current Anthropology},
  year={1987},
  volume={28},
  pages={457 - 500}
}
Homicide rates among the Gebusi of lowland New Guinea are among the highest yet reported. This paper characterizes and empirically tests Gebusi homicide data against the predictions of three theories commonly used to explain aspects of human violence: sociobiological theory, fraternal interest-group theory, and learning/socialization theory. The data strongly contravene the predictions of each of these theories. The seemingly exceptional nature of Gebusi homicide is in certain respects… Expand
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