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- DescriptionCharles Darwin changed the course of scientific thinking by showing how evolution accounts for the stunning diversity and biological complexity of life on earth. Recently, there has also been increased interest in the social sciences in how Darwinian theory can explain human culture. Covering a wide range of topics, including fads, public policy, the spread of religion, and herd behavior in markets, Alex Mesoudi shows that human culture is itself an evolutionary process that exhibits the key Darwinian mechanisms of variation, competition, and inheritance. This cross-disciplinary volume focuses on the ways cultural phemena can be studied scientifically - from theoretical modeling to lab experiments, archaeological fieldwork to ethgraphic studies - and shows how apparently disparate methods can complement one ather to the mutual benefit of the various social science disciplines. Along the way, this book reveals how new insights arise from looking at culture from an evolutionary angle. Cultural Evolution provides a thought-provoking argument that Darwinian evolutionary theory can both unify different branches of inquiry and enhance understanding of human behavior.
- Author BiographyAlex Mesoudi is a lecturer in psychology at Queen Mary, University of London.
- Author(s)Alex Mesoudi
- PublisherThe University of Chicago Press
- Date of Publication23/08/2011
- SubjectCultural Studies
- Place of PublicationChicago, IL
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintUniversity of Chicago Press
- Content Note11 line drawings, 2 tables
- Weight381 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine15 mm
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