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Sociology and Biology: What Biology Do Sociologists Need to Know?

Citation

Udry, J. Richard (1995). Sociology and Biology: What Biology Do Sociologists Need to Know?. Social Forces, 73(4), 1267-78.

Abstract

Biological causes of human social behavior will be invisible to those who follow the Durkheimian injunction to seek the causes of social facts in preceding social facts. Sociologists ignore or deny these biological causes at peril of grievous error. Biological causes can be integrated with traditional sociological models, but this approach will require sociologists to incorporate into their thinking the knowledge of disciplines whose paradigms offer biological explanations of the behaviors important to sociologists. I take examples of such knowledge from evolutionary biology, behavior genetics, and behavioral endocrinology.

URL

http://dx.doi.org/10.2307/2580447

Reference Type

Journal Article

Journal Title

Social Forces

Author(s)

Udry, J. Richard

Year Published

1995

Volume Number

73

Issue Number

4

Pages

1267-78

Reference ID

569