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Handbook on Evolution and Society

Toward an Evolutionary Social Science, 1st Edition

By Alexandra Maryanski, Richard Machalek, Jonathan H. Turner


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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 Previously unpublished essays provide up-to-date, critical surveys of recent research and key debates.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

About the Authors

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.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General