On Human Nature: The Biology and Sociology of What Made Us Human (Evolutionary Analysis in the Social Sciences) (Hardcover)

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On Human Nature: The Biology and Sociology of What Made Us Human (Evolutionary Analysis in the Social Sciences) (Hardcover)

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In this book, Jonathan H. Turner combines sociology, evolutionary biology, cladistic analysis from biology, and comparative neuroanatomy to examine human nature as inherited from common ancestors shared by humans and present-day great apes. Selection pressures altered this inherited legacy for the ancestors of humans--termed hominins for being bipedal--and forced greater organization than extant great apes when the hominins moved into open-country terrestrial habitats. The effects of these selection pressures increased hominin ancestors' emotional capacities through greater social and group orientation. This shift, in turn, enabled further selection for a larger brain, articulated speech, and culture along the human line. Turner elaborates human nature as a series of overlapping complexes that are the outcome of the inherited legacy of great apes being fed through the transforming effects of a larger brain, speech, and culture. These complexes, he shows, can be understood as the cognitive complex, the psychological complex, the emotions complex, the interaction complex, and the community complex.

Jonathan H. Turner is 38th University Professor of the University of California System; Research Professor, University of California, Santa Barbara; and Distinguished Professor at the University of California, Riverside. He is also Director of the Institute for Theoretical Social Science, Santa Barbara, California. He is the author of hundreds of research articles and the author of more than 40 distinguished books, including most recently The New Evolutionary Sociology (with Richard Machalek).
Product Details ISBN: 9780367556488
ISBN-10: 0367556480
Publisher: Routledge
Publication Date: November 25th, 2020
Pages: 320
Language: English
Series: Evolutionary Analysis in the Social Sciences