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Social Hierarchies
Social Hierarchies
Patricia H. Hawley Andrew R. Bower

Hierarchical social stratification is endemic to social and eusocial species, from honey bees to humans. They shape and reflect the nature of the species, and power patterns are the social glue that brings individuals together and the force that pushes them apart. Like two magnets, status differentials and sociality both at once pull individuals together and simultaneously repel them. It is difficult to think of human behavior, motivation, relationships, and individual differences without considering status as the proverbial elephant in the room. The present chapter provides a thumbnail sketch of work pertaining to status hierarchies in humans, especially as they relate to personality and individual ...

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