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Sociology, cooperation.  ---  .This section is about cooperation.  Topics include:  ( ) Ethics.  ( ) Techniques.  ( ) Types.  ---  1/24/2006

Sociology, cooperation.  ---  (1) Basis for cooperation:  Shared interests.  Common goals.  Shared ideas.  Trust.  Communication.  Combining work.  (2) Examples of types of cooperation: the United Nations.  ---  4/25/2000

Sociology, cooperation.  ---  (1) Humans are social animals.  To be social means to be cooperative.  People are by nature more cooperative than conflict driven.  In this respect conflict is an aberration, not a norm.  (2) Law is a form of cooperation.  Competition is a form of cooperation.  Even conflict has rules and is a form of cooperation.  Total conflict would kill us all very quickly.  ---  4/18/2001

Sociology, cooperation.  ---  (1) Sharing work.  (2) Sharing results of work.  (3) Sharing information.  Sharing power.  Sharing money.  ---  1/1/2006

Sociology, cooperation.  ---  All the techniques and tools of warfare can be used for peacefare.  (1) The economics of peace.  Spending money on peace.  (2) The technology of peace.  (3) Communications for peace.  (4) The sociology and psychology of peace.  (5) Information and peace.  ---  11/24/2004

Sociology, cooperation.  ---  Cooperation as "leaving each other alone".  Not interfering with each other.  ---  4/18/2001

Sociology, cooperation.  ---  Cooperation is a basic, important attribute of humans.  There is an evolutionary basis for cooperation.  (Symbiosis, reciprocity and altruism).  Many animals exhibit sociability and cooperation.  If man is a social animal then part of that socialness is cooperation.  ---  11/18/2001

Sociology, cooperation.  ---  Cooperation means sharing.  You can share money, stuff, information, or work.  You can share troubles and surpluses.  ---  3/25/1999

Sociology, cooperation.  ---  Definitions of cooperation.  (1) Friendliness.  Like and trust.  (2) Deal making.  Contract, promising, favor owing, economic exchange.  (3) Communication.  Understanding and agreement.  ---  4/20/2001

Sociology, cooperation.  ---  Free Software and Open Source Software.  Working together.  Letting anyone use it.  ---  4/18/2001

Sociology, cooperation.  ---  If there was more conflict than cooperation then humans would destroy themselves by now.  ---  4/20/2001

Sociology, cooperation.  ---  If you have a section in your book about social conflict, then you should have a section in your book about social cooperation.  ---  3/25/1999

Sociology, cooperation.  ---  Just as important as warriors are the diplomats, negotiators and dealmakers.  ---  4/20/2001

Sociology, cooperation.  ---  Principles of social interaction.  PART ONE.  (1) Do not resort to competition if cooperation will work better.    (2) Do not resort to conflict if competition will work better.     PART TWO.  (1) Do not resort to unfriendly cooperation if friendly cooperation will work better.  (2) Do not resort to unfriendly competition if friendly competition will work better.  (3) Do not resort to "unfriendly" conflict (ex. poison gas, killing civilians, torturing prisoners) if "friendly" conflict works better.  ---  4/18/2001

Sociology, cooperation.  ---  Propensity of children to share.  Are children taught to share or are children taught not to share?  ---  4/18/2001

Sociology, cooperation.  ---  Sources of peace and cooperation.  (1) Communication lines open.  (2) Interdependent economically.  Business ties.  (3) Inter-mixed blood lines.  Kinship ties.  As opposed to having two different groups, each group being homogenous, and attacking each other based on physical traits.  (4) Shared culture.  Shared language.  Shared values.  (5) Shared goals and objectives.  Working together toward a shared goal.  (6) Mutual respect.  (7) Tolerance.  (8) A degree of fairness, justice, equality and freedom.  Rather than aggression, oppression and exploitation of one group over another.  (8) Some agreed upon basic ground rules.  (9) The ability to negotiate, bargain and compromise.  Also, a discussion of what issues each side feels to be non-negotiable.  (10) Each side must learn how the other side views the situation.  (11) A higher, disinterested, unbiased legal authority.  Like an arbitrator.  (12) A bargaining chip.  Each side should have something the other side wants.  Leverage.  (13)  Both sides should feel like they won.  ---  6/1/2000

Sociology, cooperation.  ---  The rules of war (ex. truces) are a type of contract or agreement and thus a form of cooperation.  ---  11/20/2001

Sociology, cooperation.  ---  Truth and justice lead to peace and cooperation lead to conflict resolution.  ---  11/24/2004

Sociology, cooperation.  ---  Types of cooperation.  (1) Reciprocity.  Doing favors.  Conditional sharing.  (2) Sharing "extra" resources.  (3) Sharing perishable resources.  (4) Sharing a renewable vs. non-renewable resources.  (5) Sharing a seemingly limitless resource (ex. wilderness areas, public areas).  ---  4/18/2001

Sociology, cooperation.  ---  Types of cooperation.  (1) Working together and dividing the spoils equally.  (2) Sharing a resource or tool.  Example, a library book, or a national park.  ---  4/18/2001

Sociology, cooperation.  ---  Who says the primary social relationship and mechanism must be struggling, conflict and competition, with only occasional bouts of altruism?  Can we not say the reverse is true?  Can we not say that the primary social relationship is caring, love and friendship, with occasional bouts of conflict?  And instead of studying struggling should we not be studying ways to help each other?  ---  12/29/1998

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