Eugenics and the Nature-Nurture Debate in the Twentieth Century / Edition 1

Eugenics and the Nature-Nurture Debate in the Twentieth Century / Edition 1

by Aaron Gillette
     
 

ISBN-10: 0230108458

ISBN-13: 9780230108455

Pub. Date: 01/04/2011

Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan

This groundbreaking study shows that sociobiology and evolutionary psychology were undergoing rapid development in the early twentieth century, at a time when many of the early researchers in these sciences were also eugenicists. Aaron Gillette tracks the developments in these fields and explains how, with the rise of behaviorism and the reaction against eugenics

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This groundbreaking study shows that sociobiology and evolutionary psychology were undergoing rapid development in the early twentieth century, at a time when many of the early researchers in these sciences were also eugenicists. Aaron Gillette tracks the developments in these fields and explains how, with the rise of behaviorism and the reaction against eugenics in the 1930s, any scientific claims that behavior might be influenced by heredity were subsequently suppressed for ideological reasons.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780230108455
Publisher:
Palgrave Macmillan
Publication date:
01/04/2011
Series:
Palgrave Studies in the History of Science and Technology Series
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
250
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction 1

Part I The Rebirth of Sociobiology and Evolutionary Psychology

1 Foundations for a "New" Synthesis 23

2 Recent Studies on Human Sexuality 29

Part II The Birth of Sociobiology and Evolutionary Psychology

3 The Animal Nature of Humans 43

4 Earlier Studies on Human Sexuality 65

5 Evolution, Ethics, and Culture 101

Part III The Death of Sociobiology and Evolutionary Psychology

6 The Rise of Environmental Behaviorism 113

7 Evolutionary Psychology under Attack 129

8 The Death of Evolutionary Psychology 145

9 Lost in the Wilderness 167

Conclusion 173

List of Abbreviations 179

Notes 181

Bibliography 215

Index 233

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