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The Limits of Culture? Society, Evolutionary Psychology and the History of Violence

Wood, J. Carter (2007). The Limits of Culture? Society, Evolutionary Psychology and the History of Violence. Cultural and Social History, 4(1) pp. 95–114.

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Recent debates about the meaning and role of cultural history have focused on the relationship between 'culture' and 'society'. Some have taken this opportunity to position cultural history as a site of resistance to 'biological' explanations of human behaviour. In contrast, this article argues that 'biological' methodologies - particularly the perspectives of evolutionary psychology - can usefully contribute to the historical understanding of culture and social development. To this end, it outlines the fundamentals of Darwinist psychology, suggests options for interdisciplinary cooperation and uses the topic of interpersonal violence to explore the potential for uniting cultural, social and evolutionary psychological methodologies.

Item Type: Journal Article
ISSN: 1478-0038
Keywords: history, violence, evolution, psychology
Academic Unit/Department: Arts > History
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: International Centre for Comparative Criminological Research (ICCCR)
Item ID: 8876
Depositing User: John Wood
Date Deposited: 09 Aug 2007
Last Modified: 14 Jan 2016 16:41
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