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Maryanski, Alexandra

Works: 15 works in 85 publications in 2 languages and 1,646 library holdings
Genres: Conference papers and proceedings  Miscellanea  Handbooks and manuals 
Roles: Author, Editor, Contributor, Other
Classifications: HM24, 301.01
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Most widely held works by Alexandra Maryanski
The social cage : human nature and the evolution of society by Alexandra Maryanski( Book )

8 editions published in 1992 in English and held by 367 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A wide-ranging and provocative new interpretation of the biological foundations of sociocultural evolution, this book is a challenge both to the extremes of sociobiology and to traditional sociological assumptions about human nature and modern societies. The authors' central argument revolves around a re-analysis of human nature as it evolved over millions of years of primate history and a re-assessment of societal evolution in light of the primate legacy of humans. They convincingly demonstrate that sociobiology overemphasizes selection at the genic level and underemphasizes the emergent dynamics of social structure and culture, that sociological thought assumes humans are more social than is warranted by the empirical evidence on primates, and that critiques of modern social forms are largely incorrect and misguided. The authors assert that traditional sociological theories of human nature and society do not pay sufficient attention to the evolution of "big-brained hominoids," resulting in assumptions about humans' propensity for "groupness" that go against the record of primate evolution. When this record is analyzed in detail, and is supplemented by a review of the social structures of contemporary apes and the basic types of human societies (hunter-gathering, horticultural, agrarian, and industrial), commonplace criticisms about the de-humanizing effects of industrial society appear overdrawn, if not downright incorrect. The book concludes that the mistakes in contemporary social theory - as well as much of general social commentary - stem from a failure to analyze humans as "big-brained" apes with certain phylogenetic tendencies. This failure is usually coupled with a willingness to romanticize societies of the past, notably horticultural and agrarian systems. If the evolutionary record and data on contemporary primates are taken seriously, the modern industrial system is seen as far more compatible with humans' primate legacy than either horticultural or agrarian systems. This legacy clearly indicates that humans are far more individualistic than most social theory assumes and that humans definitely prefer situations allowing autonomy, freedom, and choice
Functionalism by Jonathan H Turner( Book )

7 editions published in 1979 in English and held by 337 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

On the origin of societies by natural selection by Jonathan H Turner( Book )

12 editions published between 2008 and 2016 in English and held by 274 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Incest : origins of the taboo by Jonathan H Turner( Book )

9 editions published between 2005 and 2016 in English and held by 265 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Synopsis: Throughout history humans have been fascinated with incest. Stories, fables, literature, philosophers, church officials, and scientists have explored this mysterious topic. The taboo is critical to human survival, as incest threatens the species and patterns of human social organization. Drawing upon the rich legacy of theory, empirical data, and speculation about the origins of the incest taboo, this book develops a new explanation for not only the emergence of the taboo in hominid and human evolutionary history but also for the varying strength of the taboo for the incestuous dyads of the nuclear family, the different rates of incest of these dyads, and the dramatic differences the psychological pathology of incest on its younger victims. Synthesizing findings from biology, sociobiology, neurology, primatology, clinical psychology, anthropology, and sociology, the authors weave together a scenario of how natural selection initially generated mechanisms of sexual avoidance; and then, as the nuclear family emerged in hominid and human evolution, how sociocultural selection led to the development of the incest taboo
Handbook on evolution and society : toward an evolutionary social science by Alexandra Maryanski( Book )

15 editions published between 2014 and 2016 in English and held by 210 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

'Handbook on Evolution and Society' brings together original chapters by prominent scholars who have been instrumental in the revival of evolutionary theorizing and research in the social sciences over the last twenty-five years. Previously unpublished essays provide up-to-date, critical surveys of recent research and key debates. The contributors discuss early challenges posed by sociobiology, the rise of evolutionary psychology, the more conflicted response of evolutionary sociology to sociobiology, and evolutionary psychology. Chapters address the application and limitations of Darwinian ideas in the social sciences. Prominent authors come from a variety of disciplines in ecology, biology, primatology, psychology, sociology, and the humanities. The most comprehensive resource available, this vital collection demonstrates to scholars and students the new ways in which evolutionary approaches, ultimately derived from biology, are influencing the diverse social sciences and humanities.--
Émile Durkheim and the birth of the gods : clans, incest, totems, phratries, hordes, mana, taboos, corroborees, sodalities, menstrual blood, apes, churingas, cairns, and other mysterious things by Alexandra Maryanski( )

4 editions published in 2018 in English and held by 80 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Introduction : why write another book on Durkheim? -- A matter of time -- Points of departure -- Networks -- The young sociology professor -- The révélation -- W. Robertson Smith and the Scottish school of totemism -- A turn to religion -- A blueprint for religion -- Smashing totemic blows -- The great totemic march -- Totemism : the elementary religion -- Under the microscope -- The hominoid social legacy -- A sense of community -- The hominoid mind and the self -- The community complex -- Secrets of the totem
The emergence and evolution of religion by means of natural selection by Jonathan H Turner( Book )

11 editions published between 2017 and 2018 in English and held by 79 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Cover -- Title -- Copyright -- Dedication -- Contents -- List of Figures -- List of Tables -- About the Authors -- Preface -- 1 Explaining the Origins and Evolution of Religions -- 2 Types of Natural Selection Driving Religious Evolution: A Preliminary Review -- 3 In the Beginning: The Evolution of Primates -- 4 Darwinian Selection on the Hominin Brain I: Directional Selection on Pre-adaptations -- 5 Darwinian Selection on the Hominin Brain II: Selection on Behavioral Propensities and Capacities -- 6 The Profane Origins of the Sacred and Supernatural: Darwinian and Type-1 Spencerian Natural Selection -- 7 Type-1 Spencerian Selection: The Early Institutionalization of Religion -- 8 Durkheimian Selection: The Social Ecology of Religious Evolution -- 9 Type-2 Spencerian Selection: The Geopolitics of Religious Evolution -- 10 Marxian Selection: The Dynamics of Religious Conflict -- Epilogue -- Bibliography -- Index
The structure of sociological theory by Jonathan H Turner( Book )

8 editions published between 1990 and 1992 in English and held by 14 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ben shu xiang jin jie shao le she hui xue li lun de ji ben liu pai he dai biao ren wu,Nei rong bao kuo gong neng zhu yi li lun,Jin hua li lun,Chong tu li lun,Pi pan li lun,Jiao huan li lun,Hu dong li lun,Jie gou li lun
The structure of sociological theory by Johnatan H Turner( Book )

2 editions published between 1991 and 1995 in English and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Shakai to iu ori : Ningensei to shakai shinka by Jonathan H Turner( Book )

2 editions published in 2009 in Japanese and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Shizen sentaku ni yoru ningen shakai no kigen by Jonathan H Turner( Book )

2 editions published in 2017 in Japanese and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Insesuto kinshin kōhai no kaihi to tabū by Jonathan H Turner( Book )

2 editions published in 2012 in Japanese and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Communicating meaning : the evolution and development of language by B. M Velichkovskiĭ( Book )

1 edition published in 1996 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Dealing specifically with the origins and development of human language, this book is based on a selection of materials from a recent international conference held at the Center of Interdisciplinary Research at the University of Bielefeld in Germany. The significance of the volume is that it testifies to paradigmatic changes currently in progress. The changes are from the typical emphasis on the syntactic properties of language and cognition to an analysis of biological and cultural factors which make these formal properties possible. The chapters provide in-depth coverage of such to
Jonasan tana kanjo no shakaigaku( Book )

1 edition published in 2012 in Japanese and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

The biology and neurology of group processes by Jonathan H Turner( )

1 edition published in 2012 in Undetermined and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

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Incest : origins of the taboo
Incest : origins of the taboo
Alternative Names
マリアンスキー, アレキサンドラ

マリヤンスキー, アレクサンドラ