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Overview

This book provides an interdisciplinary theory that challenges traditional sociology by its superior ability to explain the irrational or unplanned aspects of culture, and it reveals that our society is not as rational as we would like to believe. The reader receives a comprehensive overview of cultural selection theory, including the history of the theory and the many different schools of thought, as well as an explanation of the nuts and bolts of cultural selection and the different selection mechanisms.
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Offers a new interdisciplinary theory for explaining cultural change, which stresses the fact that a culture can evolve in different directions depending on its life conditions. First reviews cultural selection theory including its history and the features and details of various schools of thought. Then introduces a new cultural r/k theory, which reveals causal connections between religion, politics, ethics, art, and sexual behavior and uses it to explain the fall of Rome, the advent of rock music in the later Soviet Union, the contemporary anti- pornography movement in the US, and other phenomena. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780792355793
  • Publisher: Springer Netherlands
  • Publication date: 2/28/1999
  • Edition description: 1999
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 322
  • Product dimensions: 9.21 (w) x 6.14 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Introduction 9
2 The History of Cultural Selection Theory 13
3 Fundamental Model for Cultural Selection 59
4 Further Development of the Model 83
5 Cultural Selection throughout the Times 110
6 Demography 136
7 Social Organization Among Baboons 139
8 Sociology of Deviance 143
9 Mass Media 156
10 Sexual Behavior 169
11 Art 189
12 Play, Games and Sport 222
13 Discussion and Conclusion 235
14 The Future 251
15 Explanation of Words 261
16 Literature 271
Keyword Index 308
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