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In Search of Human NatureThe Decline and Revival of Darwinism in American Social Thought$
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Carl N. Degler

Print publication date: 1993

Print ISBN-13: 9780195077070

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195077070.001.0001

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The Uses of Biology

The Uses of Biology

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(p.270) 11 The Uses of Biology
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In Search of Human Nature
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Carl N. Degler

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195077070.003.0011

This chapter examines social scientists' use of biology in the study of human behavior. The conundrum of the roots of the incest taboo among human beings is surely the most elaborate example of the way biological knowledge has been drawn upon by social scientists. Another application of biology was in the discovery that among some animal species individuals in a group situation arranged themselves in a hierarchical pattern of relations. This study took place during the 1920s.

Keywords:   human behavior, biology, social scientists, incest taboo, animal behavior, group behavior

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