Neo-Liberal Genetics The Myths and Moral Tales of Evolutionary Psychology

ISBN-10: 0976147521

ISBN-13: 9780976147527

Edition: 2005

Authors: Susan McKinnon

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Evolutionary psychology claims to be the authoritative science of "human nature." Its chief architects, including Stephen Pinker and David Buss, have managed to reach well beyond the ivory tower to win large audiences and influence public discourse. But do the answers that evolutionary psychologists provide about language, sex, and social relations add up? Susan McKinnon thinks not. Far from being an account of evolution and social relations that has historical and cross-cultural validity, evolutionary psychology is a stunning example of a "science" that twists evolutionary genetics into a myth of human origins. As McKinnon shows, that myth is shaped by neo-liberal economic values and relies on ethnocentric understandings of sex, gender, kinship, and social relations. She also explores the implications for public policy of the moral tales that are told by evolutionary psychologists in the guise of "scientific" inquiry. Drawing widely from the anthropological record, Neo-liberal Genetics offers a sustained and accessible critique of the myths of human nature fabricated by evolutionary psychologists.
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List price: $12.95
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Prickly Paradigm Press, LLC
Publication date: 2/1/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 115
Size: 4.50" wide x 7.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.308
Language: English

Susan McKinnon is associate professor of anthropology at the University of Virginia, the author of From a Shattered Sun: Hierarchy, Gender, and Alliance in the Tanimbar Islands, and co-editor of Relative Values: Reconfiguring Kinship Studies. Sydel Silverman is president emerita of the Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research and professor emerita of Anthropology at the City University of New York. She is the author or editor of several books including The Beast on the Table: Conferencing with Anthropologists and Totems and Teachers: Key Figures in the History of Anthropology.

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The Calculus of Genetics and Gender
The Science and Politics of Naturalization
The Cold Hard Facts of Science
Mind and Culture Natural Selection as Puppeteer, Policy Maker, and Programmer
Natural Selection's ""Shameless Ploy""
Mind and Mechanism and Module Fixed Architecture vs. Neural
Plasticity Shady Accounting Genes
The Rationality of Absolutely Everything
The Choice That Is Not a Choice
The Individual That Is Not an Indivi
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