Missing the Revolution: Darwinism for Social Scientists

Hardcover | November 24, 2005

EditorJerome H. Barkow

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In The Adapted Mind, Jerome Barkow, along with Leda Cosmides and John Tooby, set out to redefine evolutionary psychology for the social sciences and to create a new agenda for the next generation of social scientists. While biologically oriented psychologists quickly accepted the work,social scientists in psychology and researchers in anthropology and sociology, who deal with the same questions of human behavior, were more resistant. Missing the Revolution is an invitation to researchers from these disciplines who, in Barkow's view, have been missing the greatevolution-revolution of our time to engage with Darwinian thought, which is now so large a part of the non-sociological study of human nature and society. Barkow asks the reader to put aside the preconceptions and stereotypes social scientists often have of the "biological" and to take into accounta powerful paradigm that is far away from those past generations who would invoke a vocabulary of "genes" and "Darwin" as justification for genocide. The evolutionary perspective, Barkow maintains, provides no particular support for the status quo, no rationalizations for racism or any other formof social inequality. "Cultural" cannot possibly be opposed to "biological" because culture and society are the only means we have of expressing our evolved psychology; social-cultural constructionism is not only compatible with an evolutionary approach but demanded by it. To marshal evidence forhis argument, Barkow has gathered together eminent scholars from a variety of disciplines to present applications of evolutionary psychology in a manner intended to illustrate their relevance to current concerns for social scientists. The contributors include, among others, evolutionarypsychologist Anne Campbell, a Darwinian feminist who reaches out to feminist social cosntructionists; sociologist Ulica Segarstrale, who analyzes the opposition of the "cultural left" to Darwinism; sociologist Bernd Baldus, who criticizes evolutionists for ignoring agency; criminologist AnthonyWalsh, who presents a biosocial criminology; and primatologists Lars Rodseth and Shannon A. Novak, who reveal an unexpected uniqueness to human social organization. Missing the Revolution is a challenge to scholars to think critically about a powerful social and intellectual movement which insiststhat the theoretical perspective that has been so successful when applied to the behavior of other animal species can be applied to our own.

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In The Adapted Mind, Jerome Barkow, along with Leda Cosmides and John Tooby, set out to redefine evolutionary psychology for the social sciences and to create a new agenda for the next generation of social scientists. While biologically oriented psychologists quickly accepted the work,social scientists in psychology and researchers in...

Jerome H. Barkow is at Dalhousie University.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:312 pages, 6.18 × 9.29 × 0.98 inPublished:November 24, 2005Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195130022

ISBN - 13:9780195130027

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IntroductionJerome H. Barkow, Department of Sociology and Social Anthropology, Dalhousie University: Sometimes the bus does wait (Editor's Introduction)Part I. GenderAnne Campbell, Durham University: Feminism and Evolutionary PsychologyDaniel M.T. Fessler, Department of Anthropology, UCLA: The Male Flash of Anger: Violent Response to Transgression as an Example of the Intersection of Evolved Psychology and CulturePart II. ControversiesUllica Segerstrale, Department of Social Sciences, Illinois Institute of Technology: Evolutionary Explanation: Between Science and ValuesRobert Kurzban and Martie G. Haselton, University of California, Los Angeles: Making Hay out of Straw? Real and Imagined Controversies in Evolutionary PsychologyPart III. Human and nonhuman primates Lee Cronk, Department of Anthropology, Rutgers University: The Development of Human Behavioral EcologyLars Rodseth, Department of Anthropology, University of Utah, and Shannon A. Novak, Department of Anthropology, Idaho State University: The Impact of Primatology on the Study of Human SocietyPart IV. Sociology and criminologyAnthony Walsh, Department of Criminal Justice Administration, Boise State University: Evolutionary Psychology and Criminal BehaviorBernd Baldus, Department of Sociology, University of Toronto: Evolution, Agency, and Sociology