Violence in the home is a worldwide issue, especially for people concerned about developing more peaceful societies. Thus, a report last week on the rise of domestic abuse among the Tahitians suggests the value of a review of the history and cultural values which inhibit such violence. Or at least, which used to inhibit it. […]

When the Ju/’hoansi used to forage widely for their livelihoods, a number of constraints helped to prevent spouse abuse in their society. The demands of a harsh desert environment limited the adoption of hierarchical social structures, and the fact that food resources were widely scattered and unpredictable militated against the development of male competition. Also, […]