To see accurate pricing, please choose your delivery country.
United States
All Shops

British Wildlife

8 issues per year 84 pages per issue Subscription only

British Wildlife is the leading natural history magazine in the UK, providing essential reading for both enthusiast and professional naturalists and wildlife conservationists. Published eight times a year, British Wildlife bridges the gap between popular writing and scientific literature through a combination of long-form articles, regular columns and reports, book reviews and letters.

Subscriptions from £33 per year

Conservation Land Management

4 issues per year 44 pages per issue Subscription only

Conservation Land Management (CLM) is a quarterly magazine that is widely regarded as essential reading for all who are involved in land management for nature conservation, across the British Isles. CLM includes long-form articles, events listings, publication reviews, new product information and updates, reports of conferences and letters.

Subscriptions from £26 per year
Academic & Professional Books  History & Other Humanities  Anthropology  Sociocultural Anthropology

Institutions The Evolution of Human Sociality

By: Kaori Kawai(Editor)
478 pages, b/w illustrations
Click to have a closer look
Select version
  • Institutions ISBN: 9781925608793 Paperback Oct 2021 Not in stock: Usually dispatched within 2-3 weeks
  • Institutions ISBN: 9781925608908 Hardback Feb 2017 Not in stock: Usually dispatched within 2-3 weeks
Selected version: £85.99
About this book Contents Customer reviews Biography Related titles Recommended titles
Images Additional images

About this book

As the sequel to Groups: The Evolution of Human Sociality, published in 2013, this book has broadened the discussion to examine the actions of people, apes, and monkeys in terms of 'what they do' by forming groups or in-groups. In Institutions, the shared processes and practices that facilitate coexistence in groups are examined from an evolutionary historical perspective. Contributors include researchers from the field of anthropology, including sociological primatology, ecological anthropology, and sociocultural anthropology.

The chapters examine institutions from a diverse range of perspectives, including: encountering death, children's games, conflict and peace, cattle rustling, and mathematical proofs. In terms of non-human primates, this study focuses on 'pre-institutional' phenomena, such as relations established through 'call and response' patterns and food sharing, and it forms arguments as to whether the concept of institutions can be applied to these settings. As the chapters in this volume establish, the argument that language is a prerequisite for the establishment of institutions has indeed been surpassed.



Introduction-From "Groups" to "Institutions": In Pursuit of an?Evolutionary Foundation for Human Society and Sociality? / Kaori Kawai
Part I: The Mechanism of the Formation of Institutions
1 The Formation of Institutions / Toru Soga
2 An Institution Called Death: Towards Its / Arche-Motomitsu Uchibori
3 Institution and Ritualization / Masakazu Tanaka
4 Children, Play, Rules: Places of Expression of Institution / Hitoshige Hayaki
5 The Day Teaching Becomes Institution: An Evolutionary ?Horizon From Apes to Humans / Hideaki Terashima

Part II: Concrete Phases of the Emergence of Institutions
6 Who is the Alpha Male? The Institutionality of Dominance-Rank in Chimpanzee Society / Hitonaru Nishie
7 Duality of the Mode of Coexistence and Action Selection: Groups and the Emergence of "Institutions" in Chimpanzees / Noriko Itoh
8 When Keeping One's Ears Open for the Distant Voices of Others: The Process-Oriented Convention in Chimpanzees and Institution / Shunkichi Hanamura
9 Peace Building in the Wild: Thinking about Institutions from Cases of Conflict and Peace in Sulu / Ikuya Tokoro
10 Institutionalized Cattle Raiding: Its Formalization and Value?Creation Amongst the Pastoral Dodoth / Kaori Kawai

Part III: Theory for the Evolution of Institutions
11 What Connects and Separates Pre- and Post-Institution? / Koji Kitamura
12 Living One's Role Under Institution: Ecological Niches and?Animal Societies / Kaoru Adachi
13 Proofs in Mathematics and the Performance of Institutions: A Study of Evolution Starting from Kepler's Equation / Naoki Kasuga
14 Basic Components of Institution: Understanding?Institution According to Triangular and Tetrahedral Models / Takeo Funabiki

Part IV: The Expansion of Institution Theory
15 The Ontology of Feeling: The Evolutionary Basis of "Natural?Institutions" in Inuit Extended Family Groups / Keiichi Omura
16 The Institution of "Feeling": On "Feeling Inside" and"Institutionalized Envy" / Yuko Sugiyama
17 Was the Old Woman's Death a Suicide? A Discussion on the Basis of Institutions / Ryoko Nishii
18 The Evolutionary Foundations of Institutions: Rule, Deviation,?Identity / Suehisa Kuroda

Name Index
Subject Index

Customer Reviews


Kaori Kawai is a Japanese cultural anthropologist whose research focuses on East African anthropology. She is currently Professor at the Institute for Languages and Cultures of Asia and Africa (ILCAA), Tokyo University of Foreign Studies.

By: Kaori Kawai(Editor)
478 pages, b/w illustrations
Current promotions
Field Guide SaleNHBS Moth TrapNew and Forthcoming BooksBuyers Guides