The Myths and Moral Tales of Evolutionary Psychology
By (author) Susan McKinnon
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Neo-liberal Genetics by Susan McKinnon
Book DescriptionEvolutionary psychology claims to be the authoritative science of "human nature." Its chief architects, including Stephen Pinker and David Buss, have managed to reach well beyond the ivory tower to win large audiences and influence public discourse. But do the answers that evolutionary psychologists provide about language, sex, and social relations add up? Susan McKinnon thinks not. Far from being an account of evolution and social relations that has historical and cross-cultural validity, evolutionary psychology is a stunning example of a "science" that twists evolutionary genetics into a myth of human origins. As McKinnon shows, that myth is shaped by neo-liberal economic values and relies on ethnocentric understandings of sex, gender, kinship, and social relations. She also explores the implications for public policy of the moral tales that are told by evolutionary psychologists in the guise of "scientific" inquiry. Drawing widely from the anthropological record, "Neo-liberal Genetics" offers a sustained and accessible critique of the myths of human nature fabricated by evolutionary psychologists.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780976147527
(178mm x 119mm x 10mm)
Imprint: Prickly Paradigm Press, LLC
Publisher: Prickly Paradigm Press, LLC
Publish Date: 31-Jan-2006
Country of Publication: United States
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Recent years have seen a growing impetus to explain social life almost exclusively in biological and mechanistic terms, and to dismiss cultural meaning and difference.
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Author Biography - Susan McKinnon
Susan McKinnon is associate professor of anthropology at the University of Virginia. She is the author of From a Shattered Sun: Hierarchy, Gender, and Alliance in the Tanimbar Islands and coeditor of Complexities: Beyond Nature and Nurture, published by the University of Chicago Press.
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