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Biosociology

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Biosociology is an emerging paradigm seeking to understand human behavior by integrating relevant insights from the natural sciences into traditional sociological thinking. Biosociology posits no ultimate causes of human behavior, rather it seeks to understand how biological factors interact with other factors to produce observed behavior. The book presents a brief introduction to biophysical systems that are important to the understanding of human behavior - genetics, neurophysiology, and the autonomic and ...

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Overview

Biosociology is an emerging paradigm seeking to understand human behavior by integrating relevant insights from the natural sciences into traditional sociological thinking. Biosociology posits no ultimate causes of human behavior, rather it seeks to understand how biological factors interact with other factors to produce observed behavior. The book presents a brief introduction to biophysical systems that are important to the understanding of human behavior - genetics, neurophysiology, and the autonomic and endocrine systems. These systems are explored in the contexts of sociological importance, such as socialization, learning, gender roles, gender differences, sexuality, the family, deviance, and criminality.

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For social scientists who no longer find tenable the defensive disciplinary position that variation in human behavior is almost entirely accounted for by cultural variation and very little by biological factors, Walsh (criminal justice, Boise State U.) presents an introduction to biophysiological systems that are important to an understanding of human behavior genetics, neurophysiology, and the autonomic and endocrine systems. These systems are explored in contexts of sociological importance, such as socialization, learning, gender roles, gender differences, sexuality, the family, deviance, and criminality. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780275953287
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/18/1995
  • Pages: 288
  • Lexile: 1480L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Meet the Author

ANTHONY WALSH is currently Professor of Criminal Justice at Boise State University, in Idaho.

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Table of Contents

Tables and Figures
Foreword
Preface
1 The Case for Biosociology 1
2 Genetics and Human Behavior 19
3 The Brain and Its Environment 43
4 Emotion and the Autonomic and Endocrine Systems 69
5 Intelligence and Society 93
6 Sexual Dimorphism and Sex-Role Behavior 121
7 Human Sexuality and Evolution 145
8 The Nature and Nurture of Criminality 173
9 Love, Marriage, and the Family 201
References 227
Name Index 259
Subject Index 269
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