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From the Publisher'Social psychology has always lacked an explanatory theory - a reason for why people do all the strange things they do. Many of the answers to this question will come from an understanding of how social relations and social emotions evolved. This volume is a superb sample of work on this exciting new frontier. It represents a turning point in social psychology, realizing the hope that this fascinating topic can become an explanatory science.' - Steven Pinker, Johnstone Professor of Psychology, Harvard University, and author of 'How the Mind Works' and 'The Blank Slate'
'More than simply another edited collection, this is an essential volume that challenges every area of social psychology - where did a social process come from, what function does it serve, and how is it connected to other adaptive strategies? This body of work will rapidly become the touchstone against which all contributions in evolutionary social psychology will be judged.' - Christian Crandall, Professor of Social Psychology, University of Kansas
'The rich essays in this book beautifully demonstrate the increased conceptual power and depth of insight that can be achieved by the skillful and nuanced incorporation of an evolutionary perspective on social psychology. This foundational volume is destined to become one of the major contributions to a scientific revolution that will substantially change our understanding of human social behavior. As such, it is simply a 'must read'.' - Jim Sidanius, Professor of Psychology and of African and African-American Studies, Harvard University
"Evolution and Social Psychology is an excellent overview of the current state of evolutionary theory in social psychology...the value to its intended audience as an overview of evolution in relation to social psychology makes it a valuable sourcebook for those interested in future directions of research and theory construction in the field."-PsycCRITIQUES