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Informational Warfare

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  • Ian Pitchford
    Informational Warfare Hess, Nicole C. and Hagen, Edward H. (2002) Informational Warfare. Full text available as: Adobe PDF Abstract Recent empirical and
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      Informational Warfare
      Hess, Nicole C. and Hagen, Edward H. (2002) Informational Warfare.

      Full text available as: Adobe PDF

      Abstract

      Recent empirical and theoretical work suggests that reputation was an important
      mediator of access to resources in ancestral human environments. Reputations
      were built and maintained by the collection, analysis, and dissemination of
      information about the actions and capabilities of group members-that is, by
      gossiping. Strategic gossiping would have been an excellent strategy for
      manipulating reputations and thereby competing effectively for resources and
      for cooperative relationships with group members who could best provide such
      resources. Coalitions (cliques) may have increased members' abilities to
      manipulate reputations by gossiping. Because, over evolutionary time, women may
      have experienced more within-group competition than men, and because female
      reputations may have been more vulnerable than male reputations to gossip,
      gossiping may have been a more important strategy for women than men.
      Consequently, women may have evolved specializations for gossiping alone and in
      coalitions. We develop and partially test this theory.

      Keywords: gossip, female coalitions, friendship, reputation, status
      Subjects: Biology: Sociobiology
      Psychology: Evolutionary Psychology
      Psychology: Social Psychology

      ID code: cog00002112
      Deposited by: Edward Hagen on 27 February 2002
      Alternative Locations: http://www.uweb.ucsb.edu/~hess/gossip.pdf

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