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Review of Alexandra Maryanski and Jonathan H. Turner,


Udry, J. Richard (1994). Review of Alexandra Maryanski and Jonathan H. Turner,. American Journal of Sociology, 99(4), 1114-1116.


This book is about the fit between human nature and the structure of society. By human nature the authors mean the biologically based behavioral predispositions that are a product of our evolutionary history. How shall we discover human nature/ My naive approach has always been to look for universal characteristics across human societies. Those characteristics that are ubiquitous, surviving, and reappearing in every society, however diverse the ecological niches, however simple or complex the society, are candidates for human nature.


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Udry, J. Richard