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Darwinian Sociocultural Evolution : Solutions to Dilemmas in Cultural and Social Theory, Hardback Book

Darwinian Sociocultural Evolution : Solutions to Dilemmas in Cultural and Social Theory Hardback


Social scientists can learn a lot from evolutionary biology - from systematics and principles of evolutionary ecology to theories of social interaction including competition, conflict and cooperation, as well as niche construction, complexity, eco-evo-devo, and the role of the individual in evolutionary processes.

Darwinian sociocultural evolutionary theory applies the logic of Darwinism to social-learning based cultural and social change.

With a multidisciplinary approach for graduate biologists, philosophers, sociologists, anthropologists, social psychologists, archaeologists, linguists, economists, political scientists and science and technology specialists, the author presents this model of evolution drawing on a number of sophisticated aspects of biological evolutionary theory.

The approach brings together a broad and inclusive theoretical framework for understanding the social sciences which addresses many of the dilemmas at their forefront - the relationship between history and necessity, conflict and cooperation, the ideal and the material and the problems of agency, subjectivity and the nature of social structure.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 250 pages, 5 Tables, unspecified; 5 Line drawings, unspecified
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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  • Category: Social & cultural anthropology
  • ISBN: 9780521768931



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