Oxford Handbook of Evolution, Biology, and Society

By Hopcroft, Dr. Rosemary

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Evolution, biology, and society is a catch-all phrase encompassing any scholarly work that utilizes evolutionary theory and/or biological or behavioral genetic methods in the study of the human social group, and The Oxford Handbook of Evolution, Biology, and Society contains an much needed overview of research in the area by sociologists and other social scientists. The examined topics cover a wide variety of issues, including the origins of social solidarity; religious beliefs; sex differences; gender inequality; determinants of human happiness; the nature of social stratification and inequality and its effects; identity, status, and other group processes; race, ethnicity, and race discrimination; fertility and family processes; crime and deviance; and cultural and social change. The scholars whose work is presented in this volume come from a variety of disciplines in addition to sociology, including psychology, political science, and criminology. Yet, as the essays in this volume demonstrate, the potential of theory and methods from biology for illuminating social phenomena is clear, and sociologists stand to gain from learning more about them and using them in their own work. The theory focuses on evolution by natural selection, the primary paradigm of the biological sciences, while the methods include the statistical analyses sociologists are familiar with, as well as other methods that they may not be familiar with, such as behavioral genetic methods, methods for including genetic factors in statistical analyses, gene-wide association studies, candidate gene studies, and methods for testing levels of hormones and other biochemicals in blood and saliva and including these factors in analyses. This work will be of interest to any sociologist with an interest in exploring the interaction of biological and sociological processes. As an introduction to the field it is useful for teaching upper-level or graduate students in sociology or a related social science.

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EAN

9780190842604

Format

ebook

Author

Hopcroft, Dr. Rosemary

Category

Publisher

Oxford University Press

Series

Oxford Handbooks

Language

eng

Imprint

Oxford University Press

Published Date

2018-03-09

Published Country

US

EAN 9780190842604
Format Ebook
Author Hopcroft, Dr. Rosemary
Category
Publisher Oxford University Press
Series Oxford Handbooks
Pages 752
Language eng
Imprint Oxford University Press
Published Date 2018-03-09
Published Country US

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