Biosocial Interactions in Modernisation

Robert Cliquet

Biosocial Interactions in Modernisation examines a range of major societal problems resulting from the clash between humanity’s evolutionary heritage and the biosocial challenges of modern life. The subject matter is organised in reference to the foremost sources of biosocial variation: individual variation, age variation, sexual variation, family variation, reproductive variation, social variation, racial variation, and intergenerational variation.
The analysis of each source of variation begins with a discussion of its biological evolutionary background, followed by an investigation of its variability-specific biosocial interrelations, and concludes with consideration of lessons to be learned about the confrontation between variability-specific evolutionary human heritage and the challenges and adaptive pressures of the novel living environment produced during the modernisation process.
The book relates these key sources of human biosocial variation to maladaptive modern social practices, such as individualism, ageism, sexism, familism, pro/anti-natalism, classism, racism, and dysgenism.
Biosocial Interactions in Modernisation contributes fresh, original insights to the humanities and social sciences, and also provides a new, vital perspective to anyone with an interest in biology.

Biosocial Interactions in ModernisationBiosocial Interactions in Modernisation

Brno: Masaryk University Press. 2010.
1st international edition
ISBN 978-80-210-4986-4
ISBN 978-80-210-5809-5 (online : pdf)
DOI: 10.5817/CZ.MUNI.M210-5809-2012 (online : pdf)
725 pp. 170x240 mm. Paperback.

Price of the book: 85 EUR
Price of the e-book: 48 EUR

Robert Cliquet is emeritus professor of biological anthropology and social biology in the Department of Population Studies at the University of Ghent, where he has taught courses in the social and behavioural sciences. He has also served as honorary general director of the multi-disciplinary Population and Family Study Centre (CBGS) in Brussels, a Flemish governmental scientific institute, where he participated in research on reproductive behaviour and various issues related to population policy. Since 1999 he has served as senior advisor to Population and Social Policy Consultants (PSPC) in Brussels.
In 2002 he began collaboration with the Faculty of Social Studies at Masaryk University on a comparative study of population policy, followed by a project researching the integration of female immigrants. Since 2008 he has taught courses about the social biology of modernisation as a visiting professor.
Professor Cliquet is the author of nearly 200 scientific papers and several books about population and family issues, as well as global and regional population policy.


CHAPTER 1: Evolutionary background of biosocial interactions
CHAPTER 2: Individual variation and individualism
CHAPTER 3: Age variation and ageism
CHAPTER 4: Sexual variation and sexism
CHAPTER 5: Family variation and familism
CHAPTER 6: Reproductive variation and pro/anti-natalism
CHAPTER 7: Social class variation and classism
CHAPTER 8: Racial variation and racism
CHAPTER 9: Intergenerational variation and dysgenism
CHAPTER 10: Ethical and policy considerations regarding the biosocial future of humankind

Detailed Table of Contents

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