Social Connections

  • John G. Bruhn


Humans are social beings who require the support and companionship of others throughout their lives. Social cooperation has played an essential part in man’s survival as a species, just as it has in the survival of sub-human primates. Ethologist Konrad Lorenz (1965) pointed out that man is neither fleet of foot nor equipped by nature with a tough hide, powerful tusks, claws, or other natural weapons. Primitive man had to learn cooperation in order to protect himself from more powerful ­species and to succeed in hunting large animals; his survival depended upon it. Modern man has moved a long way from the social condition of the hunter-gatherer, but his need for social interaction and positive ties with others has persisted. Group living is an adaptation that provides protection, cooperation, competition, and communication to improve the chances for survival.


Social Capital Social Cohesion Attachment Style Civic Engagement Social Bond 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of SociologyNorthern Arizona UniversityFlagstaffUSA

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