1st Edition

Handbook on Evolution and Society
Toward an Evolutionary Social Science

ISBN 9781612058146
Published January 30, 2015 by Routledge
668 Pages

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Book Description

Handbook on Evolution and Society brings together original chapters by prominent scholars who have been instrumental in the revival of evolutionary theorizing and research in the social sciences over the last twenty-five years. Previously unpublished essays provide up-to-date, critical surveys of recent research and key debates. The contributors discuss early challenges posed by sociobiology, the rise of evolutionary psychology, the more conflicted response of evolutionary sociology to sociobiology, and evolutionary psychology. Chapters address the application and limitations of Darwinian ideas in the social sciences. Prominent authors come from a variety of disciplines in ecology, biology, primatology, psychology, sociology, and the humanities. The most comprehensive resource available, this vital collection demonstrates to scholars and students the new ways in which evolutionary approaches, ultimately derived from biology, are influencing the diverse social sciences and humanities.

Table of Contents

Part One: General Issues in Evolutionary Analysis in the Social Sciences
1 Neo-Darwinian Evolutionary Theory and Sociology: Throwing a New Light on an Old Path
Richard Machalek and Michael W. Martin
2 The Biological Character of Social Theory
Alexander Rosenberg
3 Modes of Variation and Their Implications for an Extended Evolutionary Synthesis
Marion Blute
4 Evolutionary Transitions in Individuality and Selection in Societal Evolution
Matthew B. Dunn
5 The Prospects and Limitations of Evolutionary Theorizing in the Social Sciences
Jonathan H. Turner and Alexandra Maryanski
Part Two: Sociobiology and Evolutionary Psychology
6 Yanomamö: The Sociobiology People
Napoleon A. Chagnon and Shane J. Macfarlan
7 Sociobiology at Work in Modern Populations
Rosemary L. Hopcroft
8 Evolutionary Psychology and Its Relevance to the Social Sciences
Satoshi Kanazawa
9 Where Do We Stand with Respect to Evolutionary Studies of Human Behavior?
John Alcock
10 The Evolution of the Social Mind: The Limitations of Evolutionary Psychology
Jonathan H. Turner
Part Three: Evolutionary Sociology
11 Evolutionary Sociology
W. G. Runciman
12 Spencer’s Conception of Evolution and Its Application to the Political Development of Societies
Robert L. Carneiro
13 Darwinian Conflict Theory: A Unified Evolutionary Research Program
Stephen K. Sanderson
14 The Sociocultural Evolution of World-Systems
Christopher Chase-DunnM
15 The Evolution of the Human Brain
David D. Franks
16 The Human Behavioral Ecology of Foragers
Robert L. Kelly
17 Evolving Communities: Evolutionary Analysis in Classical and Neoclassical Human Ecology
Michael D. Irwin
18 Organizational Ecology: Darwinian and Non-Darwinian Dynamics
Jonathan H. Turner
Part Four: Sex, Gender, and Mating
19 Marry In or Die Out: Optimal Inbreeding and the Meaning of Mediogamy
Robin Fox
20 On the Origins of Gender Inequality
Joan Huber
21 The Evolution of Tenuous Pair Bonding in Humans: A Plausible Pathway and Indicators of
Timothy Crippen
Part Five: Cooperation, Hierarchy, and Social Control
22 The Evolution of Social Control
Christopher Boehm
23 Human Cooperation: Evolutionary Approaches to a Complex Phenomenon
Lee Cronk
24 When and Why Power Corrupts: An Evolutionary Perspective
Charleen R. Case and Jon K. Maner
25 Biosociology of Dominance and Deference
Allan Mazur
26 Intergroup Threat and Extralegal Police Aggression: An Evolutionary Interpretation
Malcolm D. Holmes
Part Six: From Primate Legacies to Future Directions
27 A Salience Theory of Learning and Behavior and Rights of Apes
Duane M. Rumbaugh
28 Language Use among Apes: Audio-Visual Archival Documentaries for Ape Language and Cognition
Ken Schweller
29 Evolutionary Sociology: A Cross-Species Strategy for Discovering Human Nature
Jonathan H. Turner and Alexandra Maryanski
30 Evolved Human Sociality and Literature
Joseph Carroll
31 Contrast Effects in Social Evolution and Schumpeter’s Creative Destruction
Michael Hammond

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Jonathan H. Turner is Distinguished Professor of Sociology at the University of California, Riverside, and University Professor for the University of California. He is the author of thirty-eight influential books, which have been published in twelve different languages.

Richard Machalek is Professor of Sociology at the University of Wyoming. His work addresses the evolution of social behavior among both human and non-human species. His publications have appeared in venues such as Sociological Theory, the American Journal of Sociology, Advances in Group Processes, Rationality and Society, and Advances in Human Ecology.

Alexandra Maryanski is Professor of Sociology at the University of California, Riverside. She is the coauthor of four books outlining her approach to a more biological-based sociology, plus another edited book devoted to evolutionary analysis in the social sciences. She is also the author of many dozens of research articles and chapters using data on primates as a lens for understanding human nature and its affects on behavior, interaction, and social organization.