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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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Decoupling Behavior from Nature

Decoupling Behavior from Nature

(p.139) 6 Decoupling Behavior from Nature
In Search of Human Nature

Carl N. Degler

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the shift in the study of nature towards the issue of social and environmental factors. This shift led to the abandonment of the sexual explanations for differences in human behavior. This chapter cites studies concerning the relation between feeblemindedness and criminality. It suggests even though the concept of human instincts had come under serious criticism in the early 1920s, almost the precise opposite was true of the idea that human races and ethnic groups differed in mental abilities.

Keywords:   human nature, environmental factors, social factors, human behavior, feeblemindedness, criminality, human instinct, human races, ethnic races

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