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Kin Selection

  • By: Debra Lieberman, Martie Haselton & Bill von Hippel
  • In: Encyclopedia of Human Relationships
  • Edited by: Harry T. Reis & Susan Sprecher
  • Subject:Interpersonal Relationships, Group Processes/Dynamics, Close Relationships

Kin selection refers to the evolutionary process leading to adaptations that promote altruism among close genetic relatives. Also known as Inclusive Fitness Theory, Kin Selection Theory was first described by William Hamilton in 1964 and is perhaps the most significant addition ...

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