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Individuals, Relationships and Culture : Links between Ethology and the Social Sciences - Robert A. Hinde

Individuals, Relationships and Culture

Links between Ethology and the Social Sciences

Paperback Published: 4th January 1988
ISBN: 9780521348447
Number Of Pages: 220

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Both biologists and social scientists have much to say about human behaviour. Yet attempts to combine their approaches to provide a deeper understanding of human nature have not so far been generally successful. First published in 1987, this book offered an original way of bridging the gap between them. The key to bringing the two approaches together is, Professor Hinde suggests, to recognise crucial distinctions between levels of social complexity (individuals, interactions, relationships and groups), whilst at the same time bearing in mind that all are processes in dialectical relations with each other and with the socio-cultural structure of institutions, beliefs, values, norms and so on. Professor Hinde argues that principles derived from ethology are essential for understanding some aspects of behaviour at the lower levels of social complexity, but have severe limitations at higher ones. This innovative approach will interest research workers, lecturers and students of psychology, biology, anthropology and sociology, as well as other readers seeking a comprehensive understanding of the nature of human social behaviour.

The biological perspective
The relationships perspective
The study of immediate causation - some implications of a relationships approach
Development - organism and environment
Development - the individual and relationships
Universal individual characteristics
Interindividual relationships
The dialectics with higher levels
How far is the concept of adaptedness useful at the higher levels?
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ISBN: 9780521348447
ISBN-10: 0521348447
Series: London Mathematical Society Lecture Notes
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 220
Published: 4th January 1988
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.33

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