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Journal Article

Kin Selection and Culture

Kristen Hawkes
American Ethnologist
Vol. 10, No. 2 (May, 1983), pp. 345-363
Published by: Wiley on behalf of the American Anthropological Association
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/643917
Page Count: 19
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Kin Selection and Culture
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Abstract

Social kinship is not equivalent to genetic relatedness, and it is social kinship that organizes much of human action. The soundness of this generalization does not imply that the theory of kin selection developed in evolutionary biology is inapplicable to culture. This paper uses data from Binumarien, a small Highland New Guinea community, to test a prediction from kin selection and to illustrate the use of sociobiological perspectives to explain culture, not explain it away. [culture and biology, kinship, inclusive fitness, social organization, sociobiology, Highland New Guinea]

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