Multilevel Selection

Theoretical Foundations, Historical Examples, and Empirical Evidence
Palgrave Macmillan (Verlag)
  • erscheint ca. am 4. September 2020
  • Buch
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  • Hardcover
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  • LII, 361 Seiten
978-3-030-49519-0 (ISBN)
This book embeds a novel evolutionary analysis of human group selection within a comprehensive overview of multilevel selection theory, a theory wherein evolution proceeds at the level of individual organisms and collectives, such as human families, tribes, states, and empires. Where previous works on the topic have variously supported multilevel selection with logic, theory, experimental data gained by studying simple organisms, or via review of the zoological literature; in this book the authors uniquely establish the validity of human group selection as a historical evolutionary process within a multilevel selection framework.
Select portions of the historical record are examined from a multilevel selectionist perspective, such that clashing civilizations, decline and fall, law, custom, war, genocide, ostracism, banishment, and the like are viewed with the end of understanding their implications for internal cohesion, external defense, and population demography. In doing so, its authors advance the potential for further interdisciplinary study in fostering, for instance, the convergence of history and biology. This work will provide fresh insights not only for evolutionists but also for researchers working across the social sciences and humanities.
1st ed. 2020
  • Englisch
  • Cham
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  • Schweiz
Springer International Publishing
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  • 10 farbige Abbildungen, 7 farbige Tabellen, 10 s/w Abbildungen
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  • 7 Tables, color; 10 Illustrations, color; 10 Illustrations, black and white; LII, 361 p. 20 illus., 10 illus. in color.
  • Höhe: 21 cm
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  • Breite: 14.8 cm
978-3-030-49519-0 (9783030495190)
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Steven C. Hertler is a licensed examining psychologist and Adjunct Professor of Psychology at the College of Saint Elizabeth, USA, with research interests in social biogeography, ecology, history, and sociobiology.
Aurelio José Figueredo is Professor of Psychology, Family Studies and Human Development at the University of Arizona, USA. Dr Figueredo serves as Director of the Ethology and Evolutionary Psychology (EEP) Laboratory, which engages in cross-disciplinary research integrating studies of comparative psychology, ethology, sociobiology, and behavioral ecology, genetics, and development.
Mateo Peñaherrera-Aguirre is a Ph.D. candidate in the Cognitive and Neural Systems Program. He is also a researcher in the Ethology and Evolutionary Psychology Laboratory and the Anxiety Research Group within the Psychology Department at the University of Arizona, USA.
1. An Intellectual History of Multilevel Selection from Darwin to Dawkins2. An Intellectual History of Multilevel Selection: Reformulation and Resuscitation3. Theoretical Foundations of Multilevel Selection among Humans4. Aggregation: From Ethnic & Regional Competition to Group Selection at the Level of States & Nations5. Growth, Maintenance, Control, and Competition6. Decline7. The Collapse and Regeneration of Complex Societies8. Chimpanzee Intercommunity Conflict: Fitness Outcomes, Power Imbalances, and Multilevel Selection9. Lethal Intergroup Competition in Non-State Societies: From Small-Scale Raids to Large-Scale Battles10. The Sociopolitical Integrity of the Roman State: Intragroup Competition, Intergroup Competition, and Economic Dynamics11. Dear Enemies: French and English Power Ratios12. Expansion, Fission, and Decline: England and Anglo America.
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