The cultural contagion of conflict

  title={The cultural contagion of conflict},
  author={Michele J. Gelfand and Garriy Shteynberg and Tiane L. Lee and Janetta Lun and Sarah Lyons and Chris M. Bell and Joan Y. Chiao and C. Bayan Bruss and May Al Dabbagh and Zeynep Aycan and Abdel-Hamid Abdel-Latif and Munqith M. Dagher and Hilal Khashan and Nazar Soomro},
  journal={Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences},
  pages={692 - 703}
Anecdotal evidence abounds that conflicts between two individuals can spread across networks to involve a multitude of others. We advance a cultural transmission model of intergroup conflict where conflict contagion is seen as a consequence of universal human traits (ingroup preference, outgroup hostility; i.e. parochial altruism) which give their strongest expression in particular cultural contexts. Qualitative interviews conducted in the Middle East, USA and Canada suggest that parochial… 

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