Master of Arts (MA)
First Committee Member
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Evolutionary theory is the unquestioned paradigm for all biological sciences and is gaining acceptance in many of the social sciences, predominantly psychology and anthropology. Sociology, as a discipline, has failed to embrace evolutionary theory and remains uninformed about the most powerful scientific theory of living things: the theory of evolution by Darwinian selection. Traditional sociological theory is based largely on empirically questionable ideas about human development, behavior, and psychology, and often contradicts fundamental knowledge about evolution. As such, it often fails to contribute to a coherent and progressive corpus of sociological knowledge. Biosocial theories present a compelling alternative to the standard social science model. They provide an empirical account for human behavior by drawing on research from the biological sciences. I propose the following research as a conceptual framework for biosocial theories in the social sciences, explaining how they might be successfully incorporated into sociological thought.
Balanced; Biosocial; Sciences; Social; Theory
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
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Restivo, Michael A, "Balanced biosocial theory for the social sciences" (2004). UNLV Retrospective Theses & Dissertations. 1635.