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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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Biology Redivivus

Biology Redivivus

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(p.215) 9 Biology Redivivus
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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/9780195077070.003.0009

This chapter examines the revival of interest in the study of biology as the basis of the differences in human behavior in the U.S. during the 1960s. Despite signs of a culturalist triumph, a growing number of social scientists started taking a hard second look at earlier decisions to extirpate biology and heredity from explanations for human behavior. The principal reason for this was the willingness of psychologists to pay heed to geneticists, whose work by the 1930s was increasingly sophisticated as well as responsible and respected.

Keywords:   human behavior, biology, 1960s, social scientists, heredity, genetics

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