- Paperback: 250 pages
- Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 1 edition (February 8, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0521745950
- ISBN-13: 978-0521745956
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,485,189 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Darwinian Sociocultural Evolution: Solutions to Dilemmas in Cultural and Social Theory 1st Edition
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Across numerous disciplines, including biology, philosophy, sociology, anthropology, archaeology, linguistics, economics and political science, some theorists are proposing the existence of a Darwinian social learning-based inheritance and evolutionary theory. This multi-disciplinary paradigm is presented here along with how it can be used to address major theoretical dilemmas in social science.
About the Author
Marion Blute is Professor of Sociology at the University of Toronto at Mississauga where she teaches classical and contemporary theory and gene-culture coevolution to undergraduates. She also teaches contemporary theory in the university-wide graduate sociology programme. She has published in a wide variety of life and social science journals on evolutionary topics and has related interests in the philosophy and sociology of science. She is a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of Biological Theory and of the Editorial Board of Spontaneous Generations: A Journal for the History and Philosophy of Science.
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I haven't researched Marion's background - but she seems to have a foot in anthropology, a foot in sociology and a foot in biology - making her a rare three-footed academic.
The book doesn't bother too much with introductory material. It assumes that the reader already knows a fair amount about the topic and gets straight into the controversies and issues - as suggested by the subtitle. This kind of firehose presentation might not suit everyone, but other experts will probably appreciate it.
One thing I didn't get along with is the book's title. I take "social" and "cultural" to have different meanings and regard "sociocultural" as something of a mouthful that I rarely have cause to use. Marion didn't really convince me that putting these kinds of evolution under a terminological umbrella while excluding other kinds of evolution was particularly sensible.
Marion had a chapter on memes. It was fairly even handed and I didn't find too much to complain about there. Overall, I thought that Marion's strengths included a solid historical perspective, and a good mastery of the relevant literature. I didn't always agree with her positions, but they were presented using reasonable arguments.
Quite a lot of the cultural evolution literature seems to feature scientists copying each others positions. Marion gave me the impression of being an independent thinker - not a disciple of some particular tribe the the field. This was refreshing. By the end of the book I felt as though I had a lot in common with Marion.
I learned a bunch of interesting things from Marion's book. Perhaps other readers will feel that same. Great stuff!