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The triumph of sociobiology, John Alcock

Label
The triumph of sociobiology
Title
The triumph of sociobiology
Statement of responsibility
John Alcock
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
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 scientific analysis of social behavior available today.; Alcock challenges the notion that sociobiology depends on genetic determinism while showing the shortcoming of competing approaches that rely on cultural or environmental determinism. He also presents the practical applications of sociobiology and the progress sociobiological research has made in the search for a more complete understanding of human activities. His reminder that "natural" behavior is not "moral" behavior should quiet opponents fearing misapplication of evolutionary theory to our species. The key misconceptions about this evolutionary field are dissected one by one as the author shows why sociobiologists have had so much success in explaining the puzzling and fascinating social behavior of nonhuman animals and humans alike
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Cataloging source
MERUC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1942-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Alcock, John
Dewey number
304.5
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
LC call number
GN365.9
LC item number
.A4 2001eb
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Sociobiology
  • Sociobiologie
  • SOCIAL SCIENCE
  • Sociobiology
Label
The triumph of sociobiology, John Alcock
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 231-245) and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
What is sociobiology? -- What sociobiologists study -- Sociobiology and genes -- Sociobiology and science -- Science and reality -- What have sociobiologists discovered? -- The problem with cultural determinism -- Sociobiology and human culture -- The practical applications of sociobiology -- The triumph of sociobiology
Control code
559947752
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (x, 257 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780195143836
Lccn
00061151
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Other physical details
illustrations, map
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)559947752
Label
The triumph of sociobiology, John Alcock
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 231-245) and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
What is sociobiology? -- What sociobiologists study -- Sociobiology and genes -- Sociobiology and science -- Science and reality -- What have sociobiologists discovered? -- The problem with cultural determinism -- Sociobiology and human culture -- The practical applications of sociobiology -- The triumph of sociobiology
Control code
559947752
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (x, 257 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780195143836
Lccn
00061151
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Other physical details
illustrations, map
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)559947752

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