Sociobiology: The New Synthesis, Twenty-Fifth Anniversary Edition / Edition 2

Sociobiology: The New Synthesis, Twenty-Fifth Anniversary Edition / Edition 2

by Edward O. Wilson
     
 

When this classic work was first published in 1975, it created a new discipline and started a tumultuous round in the age-old nature versus nurture debate. The controversy surrounding the book's publication--and surrounding its central claim that human social behavior has a biological foundation--reverberates to this day. In the introduction to this twenty-fifth… See more details below

Overview

When this classic work was first published in 1975, it created a new discipline and started a tumultuous round in the age-old nature versus nurture debate. The controversy surrounding the book's publication--and surrounding its central claim that human social behavior has a biological foundation--reverberates to this day. In the introduction to this twenty-fifth anniversary edition, Edward O. Wilson shows how research in human genetics and neuroscience over the past quarter of a century has strengthened the case for a biological understanding of human nature.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674002357
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Publication date:
03/28/2000
Edition description:
Twenty-Fifth Anniversary Edition
Pages:
720
Sales rank:
729,233
Product dimensions:
9.88(w) x 10.60(h) x 1.43(d)

Table of Contents

  • Part I. Social Evolution

    • 1. The Morality of the Gene
    • 2. Elementary Concepts of Sociobiology
    • 3. The Prime Movers of Social Evolution
    • 4. The Relevant Principles of Population Biology
    • 5. Group Selection and Altruism
    • 6. Group Size, Reproduction, and Time-Energy Budgets


  • Part II. Social Mechanisms

    • 7. The Development and Modification of Social Behavior
    • 8. Communication: Basic Principles
    • 9. Communication: Functions and Complex Systems
    • 10. Communication: Origins and Evolution
    • 11. Aggression
    • 12. Social Spacing, Including Territory
    • 13. Dominance Systems
    • 14. Roles and Castes
    • 15. Sex and Society
    • 16. Paternal Care
    • 17. Social Symbioses


  • Part III. The Social Species

    • 18. The Four Pinnacles of Social Evolution
    • 19. The Colonial Microorganisms and Invertebrates
    • 20. The Social Insects
    • 21. The Cold-Blooded Vertebrates
    • 22. The Birds
    • 23. Evolutionary Trends within the Mammals
    • 24. The Ungulates and Elephants
    • 25. The Carnivores
    • 26. The Nonhuman Primates
    • 27. Man: From Sociobiology to Sociology


  • Glossary
  • Bibliography
  • Index

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