Toward an Evolutionary Psychology of the Family

Catherine A. Salmon and Todd K. Shackelford

in The Oxford Handbook of Evolutionary Family Psychology

Published in print May 2011 | ISBN: 9780195396690
Published online November 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

 Toward an Evolutionary Psychology of the Family

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Kinship has been central to evolutionary biological analyses of social behavior since Hamilton (1964) extended the concept of Darwinian fitness to include an individual’s actions that benefit 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 influence. This chapter provides an overview of some of the 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.

Keywords: Adaptation; inclusive fitness; kin selection

Article.  6369 words. 

Subjects: Psychology ; Social Psychology ; Developmental Psychology

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