Missing the Revolution
Darwinism for Social Scientists
Edited by Jerome H. Barkow
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Missing the Revolution by Jerome H. Barkow
Book DescriptionMissing the Revolution is an invitation to social scientists who, in Barkow's view, have been missing the great evolution-revolution of our time to engage with Darwinian thought, which is now so large a part of the non-sociological study of human nature and society. Barkow asks the reader to put aside the preconceptions and stereotypes social scientists often have of the 'biological' and to take into account a powerful paradigm that is far away from those past generations who would invoke a vocabulary of 'genes' and 'Darwin' as justification for genocide. The evolutionary perspective, Barkow maintains, provides no particular support for the status quo, no rationalizations for racism or any other form of social inequality. 'Cultural' cannot possibly be opposed to 'biological' because culture and society are the only means we have of expressing our evolved psychology; social-cultural constructionism is not only compatible with evidence for his argument, Barkow has gathered together eminent scholars from a variety of disciplines to present applications of evolutionary psychology in a manner intended to illustrate their relevance to current concerns for social scientists.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780195130027
(243mm x 161mm x 21mm)
Imprint: Oxford University Press Inc
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Publish Date: 1-Sep-2005
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Jerome H. Barkow
Adapted Mind, Paperback (January 1996)» View all books by Jerome H. Barkow
This collection of research essays is centred on the complex, evolved psychological mechanisms that generate human behaviour and culture. It aims to introduce the field of evolutionary psychology to a wider audience and to show how the field connects evolutionary biology to social behaviour.
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