Dominance, aggression and cohabitation in social structures
(Kommunikation - Niederlande - Niederländisch) (Inoffizielle Übersetzung)
Anfang 22/03/2013 - 14:30
Ende 22/03/2013 - 16:00
Veranstaltungsort Academiegebouw, Domplein 29, Utrecht
Organisator University of Utrecht
The thesis of Dennis Hofman aims to describe the mechanisms that enable man to successfully cope with social challenges. The focus in Hofmans thesis is, first, on the balance between the protection of individual's interests versus maintaining stable social structures. Normative behavior patterns, ie. patterns which are assumed to be more or less automatic behavior in individuals can protect the individual, but also make habitation in social groups possible. Also, successful living is primarily dependent on stable social hierarchies, which in part are moulded by domination hierarchies, and sometimes even aggression. Therefore, secondly, he also focuses on differences in individuals' dominant or aggressive behavior and the possibility to adapt to specific (non or aggressive) situations. This ability, porposes Hofman is important for the adaption of a person in a specific context.