Call Boomerang Books 1300 36 33 32

Description - The Triumph of Sociobiology by John Alcock

In The Triumph of Sociobiology, John Alcock reviews the controversy that has surrounded evolutionary studies of human social behavior following the 1975 publication of E.O. Wilson's classic, Sociobiology, The New Synthesis. Denounced vehemently as an "ideology" that has justified social evils and inequalities, sociobiology has survived the assault. Twenty-five years after the field was named by Wilson, the approach he championed has successfully demonstrated its value in the study of animal behavior, including the behavior of our own species. Yet, misconceptions remain-to our disadvantage. In this straight-forward, objective approach to the sociobiology debate, noted animal behaviorist John Alcock illuminates how sociobiologists study behavior in all species. He confronts the chief scientific and ideological objections head on, with a compelling analysis of case histories that involve such topics as sexual jealousy, beauty, gender difference, parent-offspring relations, and rape. In so doing, he shows that sociobiology provides the most satisfactory scientific analysis of social behavior available today. Alcock challenges the notion that sociobiology depends on genetic determinism while showing the shortcoming of competing approaches that rely on cultural or environmental determinism. He also presents the practical applications of sociobiology and the progress sociobiological research has made in the search for a more complete understanding of human activities. His reminder that "natural" behavior is not "moral" behavior should quiet opponents fearing misapplication of evolutionary theory to our species. The key misconceptions about this evolutionary field are dissected one by one as the author shows why sociobiologists have had so much success in explaining the puzzling and fascinating social behavior of nonhuman animals and humans alike.

Buy The Triumph of Sociobiology by John Alcock from Australia's Online Independent Bookstore, Boomerang Books.

Book Details

ISBN: 9780195143836
ISBN-10: 0195143833
Format: Hardback
(243mm x 161mm x 24mm)
Pages: 272
Imprint: Oxford University Press Inc
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Publish Date: 24-May-2001
Country of Publication: United States

Other Editions - The Triumph of Sociobiology by John Alcock

Book Reviews - The Triumph of Sociobiology by John Alcock

» Have you read this book? We'd like to know what you think about it - write a review about Triumph of Sociobiology book by John Alcock and you'll earn 50c in Boomerang Bucks loyalty dollars (you must be a Boomerang Books Account Holder - it's free to sign up and there are great benefits!)

Write Review


Author Biography - John Alcock

John Alcock is Professor of Biology at Arizona State University. A researcher in animal behavior, he is the author of the leading book in the field, Animal Behavor: An Evolutionary Approach, as well as several other books on behavior. He lives in Tempe, Arizona.

Books By John Alcock

After the Wildfire by John Alcock
Paperback, December 2016
$27.93
Exploring Animal Behavior by John Alcock
Paperback, August 2013
$51.26
Animal Behavior by John Alcock
Paperback, July 2013
$119.65
Enthusiasm for Orchids by John Alcock
Hardback, January 2006
$123.26