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Payback : why we retaliate, redirect aggression, and take revenge
Barash, David P.
Adult Nonfiction BF515 .B36 2011

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Leading sociobiologist Barash and psychiatrist Lipton (coauthors, Strange Bedfellows: The Surprising Connection Between Sex, Evolution and Monogamy) explore why the human response to victimization is often to inflict more pain. They're especially interested in what they call "redirected aggression," in which that pain is directed toward third parties rather than at the perpetrator either immediately (retaliation) or after an interval (revenge). While this phenomenon has been noted, especially as a catalyst of domestic violence, Barash and Lipton's contribution is to show how pervasive and institutionalized such responses are. Indeed, in a fascinating chapter, the roots of redirected aggression (and retaliation; revenge seems to be confined to humans because it presupposes the ability to make long-term plans) are shown to occur in many species. The final chapter, which is the book's weakest part, consists of proposals for stopping such cycles of violence. VERDICT Overall, this is an interesting and original book-well written and jargon free. For biologists, psychologists, sociologists, and political scientists, as well as generalists who are interested in such areas.-Mary Ann Hughes, Shelton, WA (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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