The Birth of Sociobiology

  • John Maynard Smith


The word ‘sociobiology’ means different things to different people. For some, it is simply the study of social behaviour in animals, from ants to apes, from the standpoint of modern evolutionary theory. For others, it is an ideological construction calculated to justify racial inequality and the oppression of women. For still others, it is an attempt to reform and revitalise anthropology by an infusion of ideas from biology. The origin of this confusion lies in the publication, ten years ago, of E. O. Wilson’s book, Sociobiology.


Human Science Racial Inequality Animal Society Biological Determinism Modern Evolutionary Theory 
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© John Maynard Smith 1988

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