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Current Problems in Sociobiology - King's College Sociobiology Group

Current Problems in Sociobiology

Paperback Published: 23rd August 1982
ISBN: 9780521285209
Number Of Pages: 412

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This text was published in 1982, when sociobiology was experiencing the rapid expansion typical of a new subject. It did not do so without its critics, who pointed to the logical flaws and empirical problems present in many functional arguments. The authors of this book were invited to identify areas within sociobiology which provided particular problems or which had previously been ignored and needed to be developed. These contributions cover a wide array of areas within the field. In many cases they pointed the way to future improvements in practice as well as theory and the book should continue to be of fundamental interest to those involved in any way with the behavioural sciences, population biology, ecology and evolutionary studies.

List of participants
Natural Selection and Sociobiology
Adaptation, fitness and the evolutionary tautology
The evolution of social behaviour - a classification of models
Replicators and vehicles
The concept of fitness in population genetics and sociobiology
Complexity in Evolutionary Processes
Risk, uncertainty and evolutionary strategies
Gene competition without selection
Behavioural development and evolutionary processes
Individual heterogeneity and population regulation
Evolutionary Conflicts of Interest
Phenotype-limited evolutionarily stable strategies
Parental care and sex role reversal
Parental investment in male and female offspring in mammals
Problems with altruism
Mutualism, kinship and social evolution
Sociodemographic attributes of nepotism in tribal populations: man the rule-breaker
The Problems of Comparison
Prospects for interspecific comparison in sociobiology
Comparisons between taxa and adaptive trends: problems of methodology
Behaviour and competition for scarce resources
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ISBN: 9780521285209
ISBN-10: 0521285208
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 412
Published: 23rd August 1982
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 2.34
Weight (kg): 0.6