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That there is a biological basis for the avoidance of inbreeding seems incontrovertible, but just how injurious inbreeding really is for successive generations remains an open question. Nor has there been any conclusion to the debate over Freud’s view that the incest taboo is necessary because humans are sexually attracted to their closest relatives—a claim countered by Westermarck's argument for the sexually inhibiting effects of early childhood association.
This book brings together contributions from the fields of genetics, behavioral biology, primatology, biological and social anthropology, philosophy, and psychiatry which reexamine these questions.
|1||Inbreeding avoidance and incest taboos||24|
|2||Genetic aspects of inbreeding and incest||38|
|3||Inbreeding avoidance in primates||61|
|4||Explaining the Westermarck effect, or, what did natural selection select for?||76|
|5||Ancient Egyptian sibling marriage and the Westermarck effect||93|
|6||From genes to incest taboos : the crucial step||109|
|7||Assessing the gaps in Westermarck's theory||121|
|8||Refining the incest taboo : with considerable help from Bronislaw Malinowski||139|
|9||Evolutionary thought and the current clinical understanding of incest||161|
|10||The incest taboo as Darwinian natural right||190|