Gender and Politics Among Anthropologists in the Units of Selection Debate

@article{Yaworsky2015GenderAP,
  title={Gender and Politics Among Anthropologists in the Units of Selection Debate},
  author={William Yaworsky and Mark Horowitz and Kenneth Kickham},
  journal={Biological Theory},
  year={2015},
  volume={10},
  pages={145-155}
}
In recent years evolutionary theorists have been engaged in a protracted and bitter disagreement concerning how natural selection affects units such as genes, individuals, kin groups, and groups. Central to this debate has been whether selective pressures affecting group success can trump the selective pressures that confer advantage at the individual level. In short, there has been a debate about the utility of group selection, with noted theorist Steven Pinker calling the concept useless for… 
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