The Triumph of Sociobiology (Relié)

John Alcock

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In The Triumph of Sociobiology, John Alcock reviews the controversy that bas surrounded evolutionary studies of human social behavior following the 1975 publication of E.O. Wilson's classic, Sociobiology, 2he New Synthesis. Denounced vehemently as an "ideology" Chat bas justified social evils and inequalities, sociobiology has survived the assault. Twenty-five years after the field was named by Wilson, the approach he championed bas 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 straightforward, objective approach to the sociobiology debate, noted animal behaviorist John Alcock illuminates how sociobiologists study behavior in all species. He faces 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 genocide. More importantly, he presents the practical applications of sociobiology and the progress sociobiological research has made in the search for a more complete understanding of human activities. 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.
    • 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
  • Date de parution : 28/11/2001
  • Editeur : Oxford University Press
  • ISBN : 0-19-514383-3
  • EAN : 9780195143836
  • Présentation : Relié
  • Nb. de pages : 257 pages
  • Poids : 0.55 Kg
  • Dimensions : 16,0 cm × 24,0 cm × 2,2 cm

Biographie de John Alcock

John Alcock is Regents' Professor of Biology at Arizona State University. A researcher in animal behavior, he is the author of the leading book in the field, Animal Behavor: An Evolutionary Approach, as well as several other books on biology. He lives in Tempe, Arizona.

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