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

J. Richard Udry
Social Forces
Vol. 73, No. 4 (Jun., 1995), pp. 1267-1278
Published by: Oxford University Press
DOI: 10.2307/2580447
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2580447
Page Count: 12
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Sociology and Biology: What Biology Do Sociologists Need to Know?
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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.

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