Adaptation and Human Behavior: An Anthropological by Lee Cronk

By Lee Cronk

This quantity offers state of the art empirical stories operating in a paradigm that has develop into referred to as human behavioral ecology. The emergence of this procedure in anthropology was once marked via e-book by way of Aldine in 1979 of an past number of reviews edited through Chagnon and Irons entitled Evolutionary Biology and Human Social habit: An Anthropological Perspective. in the course of the twenty years that experience handed on the grounds that then, this leading edge technique has matured and accelerated into new parts which are explored here.

The ebook opens with an introductory bankruptcy by way of Chagnon and Irons tracing the origins of human behavioral ecology and its next improvement. next chapters, written via either more youthful students and validated researchers, conceal quite a lot of societies and subject matters organ-ized into six sections. the 1st part contains chapters that supply ancient history at the improvement of human behavioral ecology and com-pare it to 2 complementary techniques within the examine of evolution and human habit, evolutionary psychology, and twin inheritance thought. the second one part comprises 5 stories of mating efforts in a number of societies from South the USA and Africa. The 3rd part covers parenting, with 5 reports on soci-eties from Africa, Asia, and North the US. The fourth part breaks a bit with the culture in human behavioral ecology by means of targeting one really problematical factor, the demographic transition, utilizing information from Europe, North the United States, and Asia. The 5th part comprises reviews of cooperation and assisting behaviors, utilizing information from societies in Micronesia and South the US. The 6th and ultimate part includes a unmarried bankruptcy that areas the amount in a broader severe and comparative context.

The contributions to this quantity display, with a excessive measure of theoretical and methodological sophistication--the adulthood and freshness of this new paradigm within the research of human habit. the quantity can be of curiosity to anthropologists and different professions engaged on the research of cross-cultural human behavior.

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This has happened as people have considered the possibility that social and reproductive goals may influence economic strategies and, conversely, that the characteristics of resources and environments may affect mating, parenting, and social behavior. Kung women’s foraging work and birth spacing; Borgerhoff Mulder’s application of the polygyny threshold model to the mate choices of Kipsigis women (1990); and Cronk’s (1989) analysis of subsistence change among the Mukogodo as a result of reproductive rather than economic considerations.

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