Yarn and Jones introduce a biological approach to understanding resistance to apology, forgiveness, and reconciliation in intergroup conflict. Using evolutionary biology and game theory, they illustrate how the strategic dynamics of dyadic interaction tend to favor these behaviors and derive a schema relevant a reconciliatory cycle. They then explore how the distinct context of intra- and intergroup conflict reinforces these behaviors. Finally, they identify those barriers to individual reconciliation that result from the strategic dynamics of social-group architectures, particularly those that differ from the ancestral social architecture within which individual behavior has evolved. They conclude with a brief application of this conceptual approach to truth and reconciliation commissions.
Douglas H. Yarn & Gregory Todd Jones,
A Biological Approach to Understanding Resistance to Apology, Forgiveness, and Reconciliation in Group Conflict,
72 Law and Contemporary Problems
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