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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: University Of Chicago Press (September 22, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0226319105
  • ISBN-13: 978-0226319100
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 5.9 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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"A major paradigmatic contribution relevant well beyond political science, Man Is by Nature a Political Animal provides a primer of what has been happening at the intersection of political science, biology, and cognitive neuroscience for the past twenty years. Hatemi and McDermott have put together a formidable group of the most creative scholars in the discipline, each of whom has attempted to show how the various methodologies and theoretical frameworks operate." (John M. Orbell, University of Oregon)"

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Peter K. Hatemi associate professor of political science, microbiology, and biochemistry at Pennsylvania State University and a research fellow at the United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney.
 
Rose McDermott is professor of political science at Brown University. She is the author of numerous books, including Presidential Leadership, Illness, and Decision Making.


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If one is interested in exploring the linkage between biology (in its many manifestations) with politics, this is a fine starting point. The editors, Peter Hatemi and Rose McDermott are accomplished scholars in this arena. They are good stewards of this volume.

There is a growing literature in this specialization within political science. There are academic organizations focused on this realm. The discipline of political science is increasingly open to this perspective.

The various chapters provide a sense of the scope of biology and politics:

1. Evolution as a theory for illuminating political behavior;
2. Knowledge of primates and the implications for understanding politics;
3. Evolutionary models for the study of politics;
4. Twin studies and political behavior;
5. Genes and political participation;
6. Hormones and politics;
7. Testosterone and politics;
8. The brain and politics.

Et cetera.

The reader might not be convinced by all chapters, but the volume does a nice job of introducing this specialization to a broader audience, without compromising the intellectual approach. All in all, a welcome volume. . . .
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jerry Stevens on July 14, 2013
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The message of this ten-chapter book is this; it is time for scientists to make a serious effort to cross disciplines. The editors Peter Hatemi and Rose McDermott did a good job pointing this out and made a fine effort in gathering authors to do just that. The difficulty of the task was specifically illustrated by the chapter dealing with Modeling the Cultural and Biological Inheritance of Social and Political Behavior in Twins and Nuclear Families; cold hard scientific reporting dealing with the unity of genetics and political science knowledge written in stilted scientific journal format. The forward, introduction, conclusion, and chapters like Hormones and Politics, and SCAN to Neuropolitics written more in review format left me looking for more chapters like them.

This book shows that a library is a verifiable gold mine of information lost to scientists in disciplines other than their own. My hat is off to scientists who go to scientific journals dealing with perhaps one or two unfamiliar disciplines and struggle though those papers as the authors in this book have done or are willing to seek co-researchers in other discipline. It is no easy task dealing with the boring details of unfamiliar material and methods and standards for presenting results. In addition, as Hatemi and McDermott pointed out, there must be a fear of professional embarrassment if one publishes, or tries to publish, without an understanding of the basics if a “new” discipline. For example, a political scientist using genetics in their research, a geneticist applying a political science research approach to his or her material and methods, or an endocrinologist apply their craft to political science.
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Ts is a great introduction to biology and politics. Each chapter is a different take on how to approach this emerging line of research. Great read, really good option for a political behavior course.
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