Introduction to the Praxis of Cooperative Behavior

Part of the International and Cultural Psychology book series (ICUP)


This chapter explains why cooperation is difficult to achieve. The capability for cooperation is a natural endowment; however, it must be realized in concrete cultural forms. Constructing cultural forms of cooperation requires developing a viable concept of cooperation that overcomes cultural obstacles. Cooperation ranges from rudimentary and is limited to comprehensive. Examples of four levels are described. This book strives to construct a social philosophy of the highest level of cooperation. This concept is based on (1) human’s evolved need for, and capacity for, cooperation, (2) historical developments that have decimated cooperation and reveal obstacles to cooperation that must be overcome, (3) historical conditions that provide the foundation and potential for cooperation, and (4) the successes and weaknesses of others’ concepts and practices. Their successes are retained and expanded in my concept while their failures are corrected.


Cultural Form Dominant Paradigm Cultural Concept Entire Market Cooperative Enterprise 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute for Cultural Research and EducationTrinidadUSA

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