The Eighth Edition of this classic text provides a basic introduction to the field of social psychology. Taking a critical symbolic interactionist approach, Social Psychology helps students understand the very nature of how individuals do things together in today's society. The book has been significantly revised taking into consideration a number of recent turns in the field, such as: the increased sense that American social psychology is deeply embedded in world culture; that postmodernism has much to offer the sudy of the social world; and that new theories on sexuality, identity, deviance and the body provide a fascinating viewpoint on a person within society.

Primate Visions and Human Symbolic Behavior

Primate Visions and Human Symbolic Behavior

Primate visions and human symbolic behavior

In this chapter we examine the behavior of lower species and indicate some of the major differences between that behavior and various kinds of human, symbolic behavior. We deal with the recently established field of sociobiology (Wilson, 1975; see also Dewsbury, 1987; Haraway, 1989, pp. 126–129, 349–367), which is the systematic study of the biological bases of all social behavior. Sociobiology involves primarily the study of animal societies, but it is also concerned with the “social behavior of early man and the … adaptive features of organization in the more primitive contemporary human societies” (Wilson, 1975, p. 4). Sociobiology is a branch of evolutionary biology, but it proposes a synthesis with modern sociology, for ...

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