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Incest: A Biosocial View focuses on the sociobiological theory of incest and compares it with other theoretical approaches to the problem. The argument made in this book is that the existence of culture does not lead to the exemption of Homo sapiens from the evolutionary process. Instead, it creates a coevolutionary process, of which the evolution of incest avoidance in human beings is the simplest, yet most instructive, example. Comprised of 11 chapters, this volume begins with an introduction to the problem of incest, followed by a discussion on the sociobiological theory in general and some important methodological issues. Epigenetic rules and the importance of reproduction are considered, along with inclusive fitness and kin selection; kinship altruism (nepotism); reciprocal altruism; mate selection and parental investment, parent-child and sibling conflict; aggression and social order; and the biosocial view of culture. The next three chapters survey the theories and empirical findings that led to the sociobiological theory of incest, with particular reference to the views of Edward Westermarck as well as the kibbutz and the sim-pua. The propositions of the sociobiological theory of incest are then outlined. The book concludes by summarizing the classic theories of incest and synthesizing them in light of the sociobiological theory. This monograph is relevant to psychoanalysts, sociologists, biologists, anthropologists, and psychologists studying the problem of incest.
2 The Biosocial View
The Importance of Reproduction
Inclusive Fitness and Kin Selection
Kinship Altruism (Nepotism): The Nucleus of Human Sociality
Mate Selection and Parental Investment
Parent-Child and Sibling Conflict
Aggression and Social Order
Summary: The Biosocial View of Culture
3 Incest: Concepts, Definitions, and Issues
Regulations of Incestuous Intercourse
The Use of Animal Data
4 Edward Westermarck
5 The Kibbutz and the Sim-Pua: Fooling Mother Nature
The Kibbutz: Collective Education
The Sim-Pua Marriage
6 Contributions to the Development of the Sociobiological Theory of Incest
Miriam Kreiselman Slater: The Demographic Explanation
Aberle et al.: A System and Methodological Breakthrough
Jeffrey T. Burnham
Parker and Others
7 The Sociobiological Theory of Incest
The Balance of Inbreeding and Outbreeding
The Costs of Inbreeding
The Benefits of Inbreeding
Cost-Benefit Analysis and the Evolution of Incest Avoidance
Inbreeding Avoidance in Animals
The Coevolutionary Process: Incest Regulations in Three Incestuous Dyads
Persistence of Incest Regulations
8 Freud and the Family—Socialization School
Sigmund Freud—Totem and Tahoo
Brenda Z. Seligman
George Peter Murdock
9 The Alliance School
Edward B. Tylor
Leslie A. White: The Culturologist
Claude Levi-Strauss: The Structuralist
10 Goody and Schneider: The Problem of Definition
David M. Schneider: From Facts of Incest to the Meaning of Incest
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- © Academic Press 1983
- 28th May 1983
- Academic Press
- eBook ISBN:
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