Culture and the Evolutionary Process

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University of Chicago Press, Jun 15, 1988 - Science - 339 pages
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How do biological, psychological, sociological, and cultural factors combine to change societies over the long run? Boyd and Richerson explore how genetic and cultural factors interact, under the influence of evolutionary forces, to produce the diversity we see in human cultures. Using methods developed by population biologists, they propose a theory of cultural evolution that is an original and fair-minded alternative to the sociobiology debate.
 

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Contents

Some Methodological Preliminaries
19
The Cultural Inheritance System
32
Guided Variation and the Evolution of Cultural Inheritance
81
Biased Transmission and the Sociobiology Debate
132
Conflicts
172
Frequencydependent Bias and the Evolution of Cooperation
204
Indirect Bias and the Evolution of Symbolic Traits
241
Conclusion
280
References and Author Index
301
Subject Index
317
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