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A change of perspective: integrating evolutionary psychology into the historiography of violence

Wood, John Carter (2011). A change of perspective: integrating evolutionary psychology into the historiography of violence. British Journal of Criminology, 51(3) pp. 479–498.

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Abstract

Despite lively debates in many related fields about whether biological and evolutionary approaches can contribute to social and cultural investigations of human behaviour, historians have rarely confronted this issue directly. The historiography of violence is a partial exception, but there has been relatively little interdisciplinary exchange on topics central to both historical and natural-science analyses. Nevertheless, historians of violence have relied upon two concepts - 'social roles' and 'social construction' - that have been subject to constructive critique and revision from Darwinian perspectives. This article concludes by arguing that greater incorporation of evolutionary psychological perspectives and approaches into social and cultural analyses of violence (whether historical or contemporary) has much to contribute to a better understanding of the phenomenon of physical aggression.

Item Type: Journal Article
Copyright Holders: 2010 The Author
ISSN: 1464-3529
Keywords: violence; history; culture; evolutionary psychology; theory; gender
Academic Unit/Department: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > History, Religious Studies, Sociology, Social Policy and Criminology
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: International Centre for Comparative Criminological Research (ICCCR)
Harm and Evidence Research Collaborative (HERC)
Item ID: 24807
Depositing User: John Wood
Date Deposited: 05 Jan 2011 14:47
Last Modified: 05 Oct 2016 07:01
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/24807
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