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  • EAN: 9780877225669
  • Publication: Apr 1989
  • Price: $30.95
  • EAN: 9781439906057
  • Publication: Apr 1989

Social Darwinism

Science and Myth in Anglo-American Social Thought

Robert C. Bannister

Reviews

"The most systematic and comprehensive effort yet made to assess the role played by Darwinian ideas in the writings of English-speaking social theorists of the late-nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries." Isis

"In seeking to set the record straight, Bannister cuts through the amalgam with an intellectual shredder, exposing the illogic and incompatibility involved in fusing Charles Darwin’s On the Origin of Species with Herbert Spencer’s Social Statics.... Bannister’s familiarity with relevant texts and their reception by contemporary social theorists, scholars, and critics on both sides of the Atlantic is impressive." Journal of Interdisciplinary History

"A fine contribution to Anglo-American intellectual history." Journal of American History

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American Civilization

No longer active. The focus of American Civilization, edited by Allen F. Davis, is American cultural history. In keeping with the interdisciplinary work in this field, which characteristically brings together art history, literary history and theory, and material culture, the titles in this series cover diverse aspects of American experience—from attitudes toward death to twentieth-century design innovations to images of country life in art and letters to trade unions' reliance on religious discourse. The series has been a pioneer in presenting work that uses photographs as historical documents and from its inception has been firmly committed to women's studies. As the first university press series in the field, American Civilization provided the inspiration and the standard for much of the interdisciplinary work developing in the contemporary academy.