Altruism and Beyond: An Economic Analysis of Transfers and Exchanges within Families and Groups

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Altruism and Beyond: An Economic Analysis of Transfers and Exchanges within Families and Groups

Oded Stark

Cambridge University Press, 1997

This book is the outcome of combining two historically separate areas of population biology. The formal models in The Genetics of Altruism continue the tradition of mathematical population genetics stemming from Wright, Haldane, and Fisher. But the substantive area to which these models are applied is the comparative evolutionary biology of social behavior, taking cases and data both from the social insects (the Hymenoptera and the termites) and from social vertebrates (chiefly mammals). Connecting these two fields the author seeks to produce a unifying framework of evolutionary theory relating altruism to cooperation on individual fitness.

The models developed are all evolutionary models involving reciprocity selection, kin selection, and group selection, each of which operates through mechanisms quite different from the other two.

The standard theories of kin selection are reevaluated, especially in social insect applications including the evolution of a division of labor. …