During the 1990s there was an upsurge of interest in the application of evolutionary thinking to the study of human behaviour. Darwin's basic ideas concerning natural and sexual selection have been revised, refined and extended in scope. This book is a response to the need for a student textbook dealing explicitly with Darwinism and human affairs. It provides an overview of the key theoretical principles of human sociobiology and evolutionary psychology and shows how they illuminate the way humans think and behave. It should be of value to psychology and biology undergraduates but specifically those studying evolutionary psychology, animal behaviour and evolutionary theory, sociobiology, biological anthropology and behavioural ecology.
Table of Contents
Historical Introduction: Evolution and Theories of Behaviour Darwin and After - Darwin's Legacy - The Selfish Gene - Mating Behaviour: From Systems to Strategies - Sexual Selection - The Evolution of Brain Size - Language and the Modular Mind - Understanding Human Sexual Behaviour - Mate Choice in Humans - Conflict in Families and Other Groups - Altruism, Co-operation and the Foundations of Culture - Epilogue: The Use and Misuse of Evolutionary Theory - Glossary - References - Index
JOHN CARTWRIGHT holds degrees in natural science and philosophy of science and is currently a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Biology at Chester College of Higher Education, an institution affiliated to the University of Liverpool. He teaches courses on Darwin and the evolutionary approach to understanding human behaviour.