The Evolution of Human Sociality: A Darwinian Conflict Perspective / Edition 1

The Evolution of Human Sociality: A Darwinian Conflict Perspective / Edition 1

by Stephen K. Sanderson
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Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.


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The Evolution of Human Sociality: A Darwinian Conflict Perspective / Edition 1

This book attempts a broad theoretical synthesis within the field of sociology and its closely allied sister discipline of anthropology. It draws together what the author considers the best of these disciplines' theoretical approaches into a synthesized theory called Darwinian conflict theory. This theory, in the most general sense, is a synthesis of the tradition of economic and ecological materialism and conflict theory stemming from Marx, Marvin Harris, and the tradition of biological materialism deriving from Darwin. The first half of the book is taken up with critiques of existing theoretical approaches; this then leads to the full elaboration, in formal propositional form, of synthetic theory. The second half of the book lays out the large amount of evidence, both qualitative and quantitative, that supports the synthesized theory.

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ISBN-13: 9780847695355
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 06/13/2001
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 416
Product dimensions: 5.84(w) x 8.96(h) x 0.87(d)

About the Author

Stephen K. Sanderson is professor of sociology at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Introduction Part 2 Sociological Explanations that Do Not Work Chapter 3 Functionalist Explanations Chapter 4 Social Constructionist Explanations Chapter 5 Structuralist, Poststructuralist, and Postmodernist Explanations Part 6 Sociological Explanations that Work Better Chapter 7 Marxian Conflict Explanations Chapter 8 Weberian Conflict Explanations Part 9 Sociological Explanations that Work Best Chapter 10 Exchange and Rational Choice Explanations Chapter 11 Cultural Materialist Explanations Chapter 12 Sociobiological Explanations Part 13 Toward Theoretical Synthesis Chapter 14 Darwinian Conflict Theory: A Unified Evolutionary Theory of Human Society Part 15 Darwinian Conflict Theory: The Weight of the Evidence Chapter 16 Reproductive Behavior Chapter 17 Human Sexuality Chapter 18 Sex and Gender Chapter 19 Marriage, Family, and Kinship Chapter 20 Economic Behavior and Economic Systems Chapter 21 Social Hierarchies Chapter 22 Politics and War Chapter 23 Epilogue

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