Toward an Evolutionary Psychology of the Family [book]

Catherine A. Salmon, Todd K. Shackelford
2011 Oxford Handbooks Online  
Kinship has been central to evolutionary biological analyses of social behavior since Hamilton (1964) extended the concept of Darwinian fi tness to include an individual's actions that benefi t not only direct descendents but also collateral kin. No longer were organisms simply reproductive strategists, they also were nepotistic strategists. This concept revolutionized how biologists understand social interaction and infl uence. This chapter provides an overview of some of the ways evolutionary
more » ... e ways evolutionary psychologists see humans as nepotistic strategists, introducing concepts that will be important to understanding the chapters on animal and human kinship to follow.
doi:10.1093/oxfordhb/9780195396690.013.0001 fatcat:qhzksjr2mfeavcbdf3pi6igzcq