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Conjectures & confrontations : science, evolution, social concern

Author: Robin Fox
Publisher: New Brunswick, N.J. : Transaction Publishers, ©1997.
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This is the third in the series of volumes of essays that Robin Fox began with Reproduction and Succession and continued with The Challenge of Anthropology. Fox, who has been described as the "conscience of anthropology" continues to have the same aim: to expose readers in the social sciences and beyond to the "consequences of the biosocial orientation," and to assess the "state of the art" in anthropology in  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Robin Fox
ISBN: 1560002867 9781560002864
OCLC Number: 35796496
Description: xvi, 212 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction : the biosocial orientation --
Interview : an accidental life I --
1. Why bureaucracy fails --
2. Nationalism : hymns ancient and modern --
3. How innovative are we? --
4. Sexual conflict in epic narrative --
Interview : political correctness --
5. Moral sense and utopian sensibility --
6. Left ideology and right archaeology --
7. Self-interest and social concern --
8. Scientific humanism and humanistic science --
Interview : an accidental life II --
Epilogue : what the shaman saw.
Other Titles: Conjectures and confrontations
Responsibility: Robin Fox.

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This is the third in the series of volumes of essays that Robin Fox began with Reproduction and Succession and continued with The Challenge of Anthropology. Fox, who has been described as the "conscience of anthropology" continues to have the same aim: to expose readers in the social sciences and beyond to the "consequences of the biosocial orientation," and to assess the "state of the art" in anthropology in particular and the social sciences in general. As always he encompasses a wide range of topics: Why do bureaucracies fail? Are we really an innovative animal? Is nationalism a purely constructed phenomenon? What is the role of sexual competition in epic literature? In all these enquiries he tries to show in nontechnical language how the evolutionary approach throws new light on old problems - and even raises new and more interesting problems. Interwoven with these analyses are lively excerpts from interviews on his life and times in anthropology, culled from Current Anthropology, and a punishing criticism of political correctness on campus from an interview with Richard Heffner on his PBS program, "The Open Mind." The "confrontations" of the title in fact arise from his willingness to explore the moral and political consequences of his "biosocial orientation."

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