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Complexities : Beyond Nature and Nurture - Susan McKinnon


Beyond Nature and Nurture

By: Susan McKinnon (Editor), Sydel Silverman (Editor)

Paperback Published: 1st June 2005
ISBN: 9780226500249
Number Of Pages: 296

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Recent years have seen a growing impetus to explain social life almost exclusively in biological and mechanistic terms, and to dismiss cultural meaning and difference. Daily we read assertions that everything from disease to morality--not to mention the presumed characteristics of race, gender, and sexuality--can be explained by reference primarily to genetics and our evolutionary past.
Complexities mobilizes experts from several fields of anthropology--cultural, archaeological, linguistic, and biological--to offer a compelling challenge to the resurgence of reductive theories of human biological and social life. This book presents evidence to contest such theories and to provide a multifaceted account of the complexity and variability of the human condition. Charting a course that moves beyond any simple opposition between nature and nurture, "Complexities" argues that a nonreductive perspective has important implications for how we understand and develop human potential.

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"Complexities challenges the claim that human behavior is fixed in the human genome. The authors explore the problematic assumptions involved in a 'genes only' approach to human behavior, and they demonstrate that environment and culture are essential ingredients in all efforts to solve human problems. This balanced account of human development is essential reading for policymakers, and the fascinating case studies will provoke lively discussions in undergraduate classrooms across the country." - Elizabeth Brumfiel, Northwestern University"

Prefacep. vii
Introductionp. 1
Challenging Reductive Theories of Mind
Epigenesis, Brain Plasticity, and Behavioral Versatility: Alternatives to Standard Evolutionary Psychology Modelsp. 23
Do Humans Have Innate Mental Structures? Some Arguments from Linguisticsp. 43
The Eye of the Beholder: How Linguistic Categorization Affects "Natural" Experiencep. 64
The Limits of Universal Models
Reassessing Male Aggression and Dominance: The Evidence from Primatologyp. 83
On Kinship and Marriage: A Critique of the Genetic and Gender Calculus of Evolutionary Psychologyp. 106
Surveying a Cultural "Waistland": Some Biological Poetics and Politics of the Female Bodyp. 132
Denaturalizing Gender in Prehistoryp. 157
Putting Genes in Context
Context and Complexity in Human Biological Researchp. 179
Alzheimer's Disease: A Tangled Conceptp. 196
The Molecular Revolution in Medicine: Promise, Reality, and Social Organizationp. 223
The Politics of Reductionism
Barbarism, Old and New: Denaturalizing the Rhetoric of Warfarep. 251
Language Standardization and the Complexities of Communicative Practicep. 268
Blood and Belonging: Long-Distance Nationalism and the World Beyondp. 289
List of Contributorsp. 313
Indexp. 319
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ISBN: 9780226500249
ISBN-10: 0226500241
Series: Centennial Publications of the Universit
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 296
Published: 1st June 2005
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.3 x 15.4  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.46

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