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Missing the Revolution: Darwinism for Social Scientists

Edited By: Jerome H Barkow

320 pages, 2 halftones

Oxford University Press USA

Hardback | Jan 2006 | #152864 | ISBN: 0195130022
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A volume that will bring joy to the hearts of biologists and adherents of Darwinism. The author invites social scientists to dump their hostility, and join the only really believable intellectual game in town.

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Missing the Revolution is an invitation to social scientists who, in Barkow's view, have been missing the great evolution-revolution of our time to engage with Darwinian thought, which is now so large a part of the non-sociological study of human nature and society. Barkow asks the reader to put aside the preconceptions and stereotypes social scientists often have of the 'biological' and to take into account a powerful paradigm that is far away from those past generations who would invoke a vocabulary of 'genes' and 'Darwin' as justification for genocide. The evolutionary perspective, Barkow maintains, provides no particular support for the status quo, no rationalizations for racism or any other form of social inequality. 'Cultural' cannot possibly be opposed to 'biological' because culture and society are the only means we have of expressing our evolved psychology; social-cultural constructionism is not only compatible with evidence for his argument, Barkow has gathered together eminent scholars from a variety of disciplines to present applications of evolutionary psychology in a manner intended to illustrate their relevance to current concerns for social scientists.


1. Introduction: Sometimes the Bus Does Wait; PART I: GENDER; 2. Feminism and Evolutionary Psychology; 3. The Male Flash of Anger: Violent Response to Transgression as an Example of the Intersection of Evolved Psychology and Culture; PART II: CONTROVERSIES; 4. Evolutionary Explanation: Between Science and Values; 5. Making Hay out of Straw? Real and Imagined Controversies in Evolutionary Psychology; PART III: HUMAN AND NONHUMAN PRIMATES; 6. Behavioral Ecology and the Social Sciences; 7. The Impact of Primatology on the Study of Human Society; PART IV: SOCIOLOGY AND CRIMINOLOGY; 8. Evolutionary Psychology and Criminal Behaviour; 9. Evolution, Agency and Sociology

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