Human Social Evolution: The Foundational Works of Richard D. Alexander

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byKyle Summers, Bernard Crespi

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Richard D. Alexander is an accomplished entomologist who turned his attention to solving some of the most perplexing problems associated with the evolution of human social systems. Using impeccable Darwinian logic and elaborating, extending and adding to the classic theoretical contributionsof pioneers of behavioral and evolutionary ecology like George Williams, William Hamilton and Robert Trivers, Alexander developed the most detailed and comprehensive vision of human social evolution of his era. His ideas and hypotheses have inspired countless biologists, anthropologists,psychologists and other social scientists to explore the evolution of human social behavior in ever greater detail, and many of his seminal ideas have stood the test of time and come to be pillars of our understanding of human social evolution. This volume presents classic papers or chapters by Dr. Alexander, each focused on an important theme from his work. Introductions by Dr. Alexander's former students and colleagues highlight the importance of his work to the field, describe more recent work on the topic, and discuss current issues ofcontention and interest.

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Richard D. Alexander is an accomplished entomologist who turned his attention to solving some of the most perplexing problems associated with the evolution of human social systems. Using impeccable Darwinian logic and elaborating, extending and adding to the classic theoretical contributionsof pioneers of behavioral and evolutionary ec...

Kyle Summers is Professor of Biology at East Carolina University. Bernard Crespi is Professor of Evolutionary Biology at Simon Fraser University.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:304 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.98 inPublished:July 17, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Kyle Summers and Bernard Crespi: IntroductionPart I - General Foundations1. Insect Behavior and EvolutionIntroductionMary Jane West-EberhardExcerpt from Alexander, R. D. 1969. Comparative animal behavior and systematics. In: Systematic Biology. Proceedings of the International Conference on Systematics (Ann Arbor, Michigan, July 1967). National Academy of Sciences Publication 1962: 494-5172. CooperationSteven Frank: IntroductionExcerpt from: Alexander, R.D. 1986. The Biology of Moral Systems. New York, Aldine Press3. Eusociality in Naked Mole RatsPaul Sherman: IntroductionExcerpt from Alexander, R.D., Noonan, K.M. and Crespi, B.J. 1991. The Evolution of Eusociality. In P. Sherman, J. Jarvis and R.D. Alexander (eds). The Biology of the Naked Mole Rat: 3-44. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press4. Parent-offspring Conflict and ManipulationDavid Queller: IntroductionExcerpt from Alexander, R.D. 1974. The evolution of social behavior. Annual Review of Ecology and Systematics 5:325-Part II - Human Social Evolution5. Biology and CultureMark Flinn: IntroductionExcerpt from Alexander, R.D. Evolution and culture. In Evolutionary Biology and Human Social Behavior: an Anthropological Perspective. N. Chagnon and W.G. Irons (eds). Pp 59-78. North Scituate, MA: Duxbury Press6. Intergroup Competition and Within-group CooperationBobbi Low: IntroductionExcerpt from Alexander, R.D. and Tinkle, D.W. 1968. Review of On Aggression by Konrad Lorenz and The Territorial Imperative by Robert Ardrey. Bioscience 18: 245-2487. Kinship, Parental Care, and Human SocietiesBeverly Straassmann: IntroductionExcerpt from Alexander, R.D. and Noonan, K.M. 1979. Concealment of Ovulation, parental care, and human social evolution. In N.A. Chagnon and W.G. Irons (eds). Evolutionary Biology and Human Social Behavior: An Anthropological Perspective. 436-453. North Scituate, MA: Duxbury Pres8. Human ChildhoodPaul Turke: IntroductionAltriciality: Why are human babies helpless? In Alexander, R.D. 1990. How Did Humans Evolve? Reflections on a Uniquely Unique Species. Univ. Mich. Zool. Special Publication 1: 1-389. Indirect ReciprocityKarl Sigmund: IntroductionExcerpt from Alexander, R.D. 1986. The Biology of Moral Systems. New York, Aldine Press10. The Evolution of IntelligenceRobin Dunbar: IntroductionAlexander, R.D. Evolution of the Human Psyche 1989. In P. Mellars and C. Stringer (eds). The Human Revolution. Behavioral and Biological Perspectives on the Origins of Modern Humans: pp. 455-513. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press11. Evolution of MoralityDavid Lahti: IntroductionAlexander, R.D. Biology and the Moral Paradoxes. Journal of Biological Structures 5:389-39512. Evolution and HumorStanton Braude: IntroductionAlexander, R.D. Ostracism and Indirect Reciprocity: The Reproductive Significance of Humor. 1986. Ethology and Sociobiology 7: 253-27013. Ecological Constraints and Human CooperationLaura Betzig: IntroductionExcerpt from Alexander, R.D., Noonan, K.M. and Crespi, B.J. 1991. The Evolution of Eusociality. In P. Sherman, J. Jarvis and R.D. Alexander (eds). The Biology of the Naked Mole Rat: pp. 3-44. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press14. Evolution and ReligionWilliam Irons: IntroductionReligion, Evolution and the Quest for Global Harmony - Original essay for this volume15. Evolution and the ArtsKyle Summers and Bernard Crespi: IntroductionExcerpt from Alexander, R.D. 2003. Evolutionary Selection and the Nature of Humanity. Chapter 15. In: V. Hosle and Ch. Illies (eds). Darwinism and Philosophy. University of Notre Dame Press