Evolutionary explanations in the social and behavioral sciences : introduction and overview

Durrant, Russil and Ward, Tony 2011, Evolutionary explanations in the social and behavioral sciences : introduction and overview, Aggression and violent behavior, vol. 16, no. 5, September-October, pp. 361-370, doi: 10.1016/j.avb.2011.02.010.

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Title Evolutionary explanations in the social and behavioral sciences : introduction and overview
Author(s) Durrant, Russil
Ward, Tony
Journal name Aggression and violent behavior
Volume number 16
Issue number 5
Season September-October
Start page 361
End page 370
Publisher Elsevier Science
Place of publication New York, N. Y.
Publication date 2011-09
ISSN 1359-1789
Keyword(s) evolution, criminology
evolutionary psychology
human behavioral ecology
gene-culture co-evolutionary theory
Summary Despite a growing acceptance of the value of evolutionary approaches to understanding the natural world there has been relatively little attention paid to evolutionary ideas in sociology, socio-cultural anthropology, and — of particular relevance for this special issue — criminology and forensic/correctional psychology. The aim of this paper is to provide an introductory overview of evolutionary approaches to human behavior with a focus on illuminating the role they can play in enriching our understanding of criminal and antisocial behavior. We begin with an overview of the main approaches to applying evolutionary theory to human behavior and we suggest that a pluralistic perspective is most likely to advance conceptual and empirical work in the field. We then turn to a brief discussion of some common, but misguided criticisms of this approach. Some of the more substantive conceptual and methodological issues that evolutionary approaches need to address are then explored. Finally, we engage with the broader issues that relate to the role of evolutionary explanations in the social and behavioral sciences.
Language eng
DOI 10.1016/j.avb.2011.02.010
Field of Research 170199 Psychology not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970117 Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2011, Elsevier
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30034177

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