Origins of the Taboo
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Incest by Jonathan H. Turner
Book DescriptionThroughout history humans have been fascinated with incest. Stories, fables, literature, philosophers, church officials, and scientists have explored this mysterious topic. The taboo is critical to human survival, as incest threatens the species and patterns of human social organization. Drawing upon the rich legacy of theory, empirical data, and speculation about the origins of the incest taboo, this book develops a new explanation for, not only the emergence of the taboo in hominid and human evolutionary history, but also for the varying strength of the taboo for the incestuous dyads of the nuclear family, the different rates of incest of these dyads, and the dramatic differences the psychological pathology incest has on its younger victims. Synthesizing findings from biology, sociobiology, neurology, primatology, clinical psychology, anthropology, and sociology, the authors weave together a scenario of how natural selection initially generated mechanisms of sexual avoidance; and then, as the nuclear family emerged in hominid and human evolution, how sociocultural selection led to the development of the incest taboo.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781594511165
(229mm x 152mm x 24mm)
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 20-Sep-2005
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Jonathan H. Turner
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Contemporary Sociological Theory, Paperback (November 2012)
Written by award-winning scholar Jonathan H Turner, this is a comprehensive, in-depth and detailed review of present-day theory in sociology.
Emergence of Sociological Theory, Paperback (January 2012)» View all books by Jonathan H. Turner
A comprehensive exploration of classical social theory portraying the historical context (Renaissance Europe to the Industrial Age), covering all major developments in sociological theory (the Enlightenment to George Herbert Mead) and focusing on all the key figures you would expect: Comte, Spencer, Marx, Weber, Simmel, Durkheim and Mead.
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Author Biography - Jonathan H. Turner
Jonathan Turner, Distinguished Professor of Sociology at the University of California, Riverside, is the author of 'Face to Face: Toward a Sociological Theory of Interpersonal Behaviour' (Stanford University Press). Alexandra Maryanski, Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of California, Riverside, is co-author of 'Human Nature and the Evolution of Society' (Stanford University Press).
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