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The Evolution, Biology and Society Section of the American Sociological Association was established in 2004 to facilitate the integration of biology and still it is a highly biophobic discipline. This chapter argues that integration of biology into sociology can help to further the most humane goals of sociologists, in particular a concern for human rights rather than exacerbating existing social inequalities and reinforcing prejudices. Scholars from a variety of areas were involved in the creation of the Evolution, Biology and Society Section. Gerhard Lenski, focuses on internal characteristics of societies for explaining societal evolution and other authors link the process of societal evolution to the society's place in the modern world-system and adopt a world-systems theoretical perspective. The research mitigates against biological divisions between human groups, it stresses the fundamental biological unity of humankind. The evolution, biology, and society area benefit from a consideration of the human rights paradigm.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationHandbook of Sociology and Human Rights
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9781317258391
ISBN (Print)9781594518829
StatePublished - Jan 1 2015

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Social Sciences


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