The Evolution of Human Sociality: A Darwinian Conflict Perspective

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Rowman & Littlefield, 2001 - 393 páginas
This book attempts a broad theoretical synthesis within the field of sociology and its closely allied sister discipline of anthropology. It draws together what the author considers the best of these disciplinesO theoretical approaches into a synthesized theory called Darwinian conflict theory. This theory, in the most general sense, is a synthesis of the tradition of economic and ecological materialism and conflict theory stemming from Marx, Marvin Harris, and the tradition of biological materialism deriving from Darwin. The first half of the book is taken up with critiques of existing theoretical approaches; this then leads to the full elaboration, in formal propositional form, of synthetic theory. The second half of the book lays out the large amount of evidence, both qualitative and quantitative, that supports the synthesized theory.
 

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Functionalist Explanations
13
Social Constructionist Explanations
24
Structuralist Poststructuralist and Postmodernist Explanations
41
Sociological Explanations That Work Better
61
Marxian Conflict Explanations
63
Weberian Conflict Explanations
79
Sociological Explanations That Work Best
95
Exchange and Rational Choice Explanations
97
Reproductive Behavior
159
Human Sexuality
175
Sex and Gender
193
Marriage Family and Kinship
213
Economic Behavior and Economic Systems
247
Social Hierarchies
285
Politics and War
306
Epilogue
329

Cultural Materialist Explanations
108
Sociobiological Explanations
118
Toward Theoretical Synthesis
139
Darwinian Conflict Theory A Unified Evolutionary Theory of Human Society
141
Darwinian Conflict Theory The Weight of the Evidence
157

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Stephen K. Sanderson is professor of sociology at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

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