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By Polemos Pantoon Pater (auth.), Johan M. G. van der Dennen, Vincent S. E. Falger (eds.)

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1. 1 THE research OF clash Polemos Pantoon Pater Heraclitus clash on all degrees of natural life is pervasive, continual, ubiquitous. clash is the common event of all existence kinds. Organisms are certain in a number of conflict-configurations and -coalitions, that have their very own dynamic and their very own good judgment. this doesn't suggest, even though, that the extra paroxysmal different types of clash behaviour, bare violence and destruction, also are common. clash and cooperation are constantly intertwined. Conflicts do, despite the fact that, will be inclined to gravitate in the direction of violence. there's, as Pettman (1975) mentioned, no authorised or agreed checklist of the social devices in which conflicts can be labeled. to speak of clash in intra­ own, inter-personal, familial, crew, classification, ethnic, spiritual, intra-state or inter-state phrases is to imagine, probably erroneously, that 'each type of social unit, having its personal variety of dimension, constitution, and associations, also will have its personal modes of interplay and therefore its personal styles of clash with different social devices' (Fink, 1968) like and in contrast to itself. Such an assumption benefits scrutiny by itself, when you consider that, regardless of the plausibility of a few kind of analytical hyperlink among the events to a clash and the character of the disagreement that ensues, the hyperlink might be confirmed and never allowed to face by means of statement on my own. This quantity is dedicated to at least one kind of research of clash, the socio­ organic one.

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It was also striking that it was not primarily the males who stood in the front line. Contrary to what one would expect at first sight, the females were just as active in the skirmishes, if not more so. The same has also been observed in the defence of groups against predators. The classic picture of the adult male placing himself as a protective shield outside the group when it is threatened (Washburn and DeVore, 1961), does not seem to be a universal truth. Thus Rowell (1972) found that the long legs of the males in a threatened baboon group brought them soon to the head of the fleeing crowd.

Ritualized displays of strength are a particular form of this behaviour complex. Competitive aggression. Violence or the threat of violence can be used to gain access to limited resources. As with the previous form of aggression, one can expect the choice of behaviour to be based on some form of weighing the 'estimated' costs in relation to the 'estimated' gains. That does not have to be a consciously thought out strategy; it may be an emotional evaluation of the goods in question, a 'feeling' of how easy they are to monopolize, the effort it will take to acquire it elsewhere, and the costs and risks of the fight (fear) taking into account the nature and resoluteness of the opponent.

The larger and richer this area is, the more females will be able to live in it. The willingness of chimpanzee males to engage in between-group warfare now becomes understandable. We know from studies carried out in the wild (for example, Goodall, 1986), and in captivity (de Waal, 1982), that dominant male chimpanzees can be tolerant, even if not always with heartfelt sincerity, of the sexual behaviour of their coalition partners. There is reason to assume that this tolerance of promiscuity makes it worthwhile for non-dominant males to keep lending their support to the coalition.

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