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.Read more
- Shows relevance of Darwinism to the social sciences beyond traditional theories of sociobiology, providing a theoretical framework for future research
- Draws on a broad base of biological theory (systematics, evolutionary ecology, social evolution etc.), showing how the model fits into all approaches
- Compares the Darwinian sociocultural evolutionary paradigm and other theories in the social theory field to address major theoretical dilemmas present in the social sciences
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- Date Published: January 2010
- format: Hardback
- isbn: 9780521768931
- length: 250 pages
- dimensions: 235 x 160 x 8 mm
- weight: 0.52kg
- contains: 5 b/w illus. 5 tables
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
2. History: where did something come from?
3. Necessity: why did it evolve?
4. Competition, conflict and cooperation: why and how do they interact socially?
5. The ideal and the material: the role of memes in evolutionary social science
6. Micro and macro I: the problem of agency
7. Micro and macro II: the problem of subjectivity
8. Micro and macro III: the evolution of complexity and the problem of social structure
9. Evolutionism: the old, the new and the future of the social sciences.
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