The Triumph of Sociobiology

The Triumph of Sociobiology

by John Alcock
     
 


In The Triumph of Sociobiology, John Alcock reviews the controversy that has surrounded evolutionary studies of human social behavior following the 1975 publication of E.O. Wilson's classic, Sociobiology, The New Synthesis. Denounced vehemently as an "ideology" that has justified social evils and inequalities, sociobiology has survived theSee more details below

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In The Triumph of Sociobiology, John Alcock reviews the controversy that has surrounded evolutionary studies of human social behavior following the 1975 publication of E.O. Wilson's classic, Sociobiology, The New Synthesis. Denounced vehemently as an "ideology" that has justified social evils and inequalities, sociobiology has survived the assault. Twenty-five years after the field was named by Wilson, the approach he championed has successfully demonstrated its value in the study of animal behavior, including the behavior of our own species. Yet, misconceptions remain--to our disadvantage.
In this straight-forward, objective approach to the sociobiology debate, noted animal behaviorist John Alcock illuminates how sociobiologists study behavior in all species. He confronts the chief scientific and ideological objections head on, with a compelling analysis of case histories that involve such topics as sexual jealousy, beauty, gender difference, parent-offspring relations, and rape. In so doing, he shows that sociobiology provides the most satisfactory evolutionary analysis of social behavior today.
"A clear, evocative, and accurate account of the history and content on the subject, inviting to the student and the general reader alike."--Edward O. Wilson, Harvard University.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195163353
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
05/28/2003
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
272
Sales rank:
722,818
Product dimensions:
9.10(w) x 6.00(h) x 0.90(d)
Lexile:
1580L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction3
Ch. 1What Is Sociobiology?7
Ch. 2What Sociobiologists Study23
Ch. 3Sociobiology and Genes41
Ch. 4Sociobiology and Science57
Ch. 5Science and Reality81
Ch. 6What Have Sociologists Discovered?93
Ch. 7The Problem with Cultural Determinism129
Ch. 8Sociobiology and Human Culture149
Ch. 9The Practical Applications of Sociobiology189
Ch. 10The Triumph of Sociology217
Appendix225
Citations231
Selected References245
Illustration Credits247
Index249

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