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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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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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