Human Sociality Model

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A Human Sociality Model is a system model for human sociality.



  • Alan Page Fiske. (2006). “The Inherent Sociability of Homo sapiens." Online Essay
    • QUOTE: This essay is a short introduction to relational models theory and the evidence supporting it. I begin by characterizing what a "social relationship" is, and then describe four elementary relational models that people use to coordinate all kinds of social interaction, thought, values, and emotions. The theory integrates the work of the major social theorists and builds on a synthesis of empirical studies across the social sciences, including anthropological fieldwork. I summarize the many studies that show how the four relational models organize everyday social action and naturally occurring cognition about real relationships . I conclude by discussing applications of the theory to psychopathology, family processes, business management, and public policy debates.

      The most striking characteristic of Homo sapiens is our sociality. Social relationships pervade every aspect of human life and these relationships are far more extensive, complex, and diverse (within and across societies) than those of any other species. And for survival and reproduction we are far more dependent on our social relationships and our cultures than any other animal. But what does it mean to say that we are social animals — and what is a social relationship?

      The characteristic feature of a social relationship is that two or more people coordinate with each other so that their action, affect, evaluation, or thought are complementary


  • (Henrich et al., 2004) ⇒ Joseph Henrich, Robert Boyd, Samuel Bowles, Colin Camerer, Ernst Fehr, and Herbert Gintis. (2004). “Foundations of Human Sociality: Economic experiments and ethnographic evidence from fifteen small-scale societies." Oxford University Press.