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Religion and Science - Sex and Society: Forms and Processes of Cohesion

Allott, Robin (1999) Religion and Science - Sex and Society: Forms and Processes of Cohesion. [Book Chapter]

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Religion has been in the past, and still is in a number of countries, the main cohesive force holding populations, particularly genetically disparate ones, together in one system. Patterns of sexual behaviour (often strongly influenced by religious beliefs and prescriptions) in different societies have determined the organisational character of the society - from the nuclear family (now apparently in decline) in most Western countries and the extended family of earlier periods. Both religion and patterns of sexual behaviour as cohesive forces have been radically challenged by science, both as a mode of thought and as the source of technologies which change the environment in which societies operate. A sociobiology of societies has to be founded on a sociobiology of the individuals forming the society and on a biologizing of sociology. The survival of populations (interpreted as gene pools) and of societal forms are interlocked; a sociobiology of societies can start to consider the conditions and forces which over long periods determine the relative success or failure of nations and social systems.

Item Type:Book Chapter
Keywords:groupism, religion, evolutionary psychology, sociobiology of societies
Subjects:Biology > Sociobiology
Biology > Evolution
Psychology > Social Psychology
ID Code:3159
Deposited By:Allott, R M
Deposited On:19 Sep 2003
Last Modified:11 Mar 2011 08:55

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