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What's Normal?: Reconciling Biology and Culture

Allan V. Horwitz


Since the emergence of Western philosophy and science among the Classical Greeks, debates have raged over the relative significance of biology and culture on an individual’s behavior. Today, recent advances in genetics and biological science have pushed many scholars past the tired nature versus nurture debate to examine the various ways in which the natural and the social interact to influence human behavior. This brings a fresh approach to this emerging perspective. Rather than try to solve these issues universally, the text demonstrates that both social and biological mechanisms have varyin ... More

Keywords: nature versus nurture, social mechanisms, biological mechanisms, incest, aversion, fear, appetite, grief, sex, behavior

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Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780190603243
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190603243.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Allan V. Horwitz, author
Professor of Sociology, Rutgers University

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