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Meeting at Grand Central:
Understanding the Social and Evolutionary Roots of Cooperation
Lee Cronk & Beth L. Leech

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"The sheer breadth of cases addressed in this book makes it an exhilarating read. . . . Cronk and Leech provide a wonderfully comprehensive reference for those interested in co-operation, accessible and engaging enough for an upper-level undergraduate course on the subject. It sets the groundwork to think carefully about how we should model the world, opening the door for future research to develop prescriptive as well as descriptive models, allowing social scientists the ability to rigorously confront this diverse space of problems."--William J. Berger, Journal of Politics

"Meeting at Grand Central would make a great text for an advanced undergraduate or graduate course on cooperation in anthropology, economics, sociology, or political science. There is something for everybody in this challenging and enlightening read."--James L. Boone, Journal of Anthropological Research


"An evolutionary psychologist and a political scientist somehow accomplish the spectacular feat of explaining human cooperation by delineating diverse accounts of the roadblocks to it. Cronk and Leech persuasively argue that cooperation is based in complicated emergent institutions surrounding indirect reciprocity but also in basic individual biological and evolutionary realities. They are a great team."--John R. Hibbing, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

"This is a wonderful book. Ambitious and beautifully written, it unites our understanding of cooperation across disciplinary divides--especially evolutionary biology and social science--and offers extremely useful comparisons of the various theories of cooperation from different fields, describing their origins, advocates, and controversies."--Dominic Johnson, University of Edinburgh

"Cronk and Leech argue for greater cross-fertilization between evolutionary biology and the social sciences in the study of cooperation, coordination, and the provision of collective goods. Meeting at Grand Central has the potential to serve as a catalyst that helps bring such interdisciplinary work into the mainstream."--Amy R. Poteete, coauthor of Working Together: Collective Action, the Commons, and Multiple Methods in Practice

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