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Evolutionary Analysis in the Social Sciences


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A series edited by Jonathan Turner and Kevin J. McCaffree

This new series is devoted to capturing the full range of scholarship and debate over how best to conduct evolutionary analyses on human behavior, interaction, and social organization. The series will range across social science disciplines and offer new cutting-edge theorizing in sociobiology, evolutionary psychology, stage-modeling, co-evolution, cliodynamics, and evolutionary biology.

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The Dance of Innovation Infrastructure, Social Oscillation, and the Evolution of Societies

The Dance of Innovation: Infrastructure, Social Oscillation, and the Evolution of Societies

1st Edition

By Kevin McCaffree
June 20, 2022

Few of us, amidst our daily chores and responsibilities, consider how mundane infrastructures—from electrical grids to sewage systems—have developed over millennia in ways that enable everything we cherish, from democracy to technological innovation to individual liberty. But what drives the ...

The First Institutional Spheres in Human Societies Evolution and Adaptations from Foraging to the Threshold of Modernity

The First Institutional Spheres in Human Societies: Evolution and Adaptations from Foraging to the Threshold of Modernity

1st Edition

By Seth Abrutyn, Jonathan H. Turner
March 16, 2022

Few concepts are as central to sociology as institutions. Yet, like so many sociological concepts, institutions remain vaguely defined. This book expands a foundational definition of the institution, one which locates them as the basic building blocks of human societies—as structural and cultural ...

Cultural Evolution The Empirical and Theoretical Landscape

Cultural Evolution: The Empirical and Theoretical Landscape

1st Edition

By Kevin McCaffree
March 15, 2022

Since the dawn of social science, theorists have debated how and why societies appear to change, develop and evolve. Today, this question is pursued by scholars across many different disciplines and our understanding of these dynamics has grown markedly. Yet, there remain important areas of ...

Toward a Biosocial Science Evolutionary Theory, Human Nature, and Social Life

Toward a Biosocial Science: Evolutionary Theory, Human Nature, and Social Life

1st Edition

By Alexander Riley
May 04, 2021

Sociology is in crisis. While other disciplines have taken on board the revolutionary discoveries driven by evolutionary biology and psychology, genomics and behavioral genetics, and the neurosciences, sociology has ignored these advances and embraced a biophobia that threatens to drive the ...

On Human Nature The Biology and Sociology of What Made Us Human

On Human Nature: The Biology and Sociology of What Made Us Human

1st Edition

By Jonathan H. Turner
November 25, 2020

In this book, Jonathan H. Turner combines sociology, evolutionary biology, cladistic analysis from biology, and comparative neuroanatomy to examine human nature as inherited from common ancestors shared by humans and present-day great apes. Selection pressures altered this inherited legacy for...

Mechanistic Criminology

Mechanistic Criminology

1st Edition

By K. Ryan Proctor, Richard E. Niemeyer
May 31, 2019

The science of criminology is at a crossroads. Despite accumulating a dizzying array of facts about crime, the field has yet to identify a body of theories that allows for the adequate prediction, explanation, and control of phenomena of central interest to criminologists. Mechanistic Criminology ...

The New Evolutionary Sociology Recent and Revitalized Theoretical and Methodological Approaches

The New Evolutionary Sociology: Recent and Revitalized Theoretical and Methodological Approaches

1st Edition

By Jonathan H. Turner, Richard S. Machalek
March 19, 2018

For decades, evolutionary analysis was overlooked or altogether ignored by sociologists. Fears and biases persisted nearly a century after Auguste Comte gave the discipline its name, as did concerns that its effect would only reduce sociology to another discipline – whether biology, ...

The Emergence and Evolution of Religion By Means of Natural Selection

The Emergence and Evolution of Religion: By Means of Natural Selection

1st Edition

By Jonathan H. Turner, Alexandra Maryanski, Anders Klostergaard Petersen, Armin W. Geertz
August 21, 2017

Written by leading theorists and empirical researchers, this book presents new ways of addressing the old question: Why did religion first emerge and then continue to evolve in all human societies? The authors of the book—each with a different background across the social sciences and ...

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