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Somebody here once asked me to offer examples of "good
sociobiology", a term that had been offered up by Justin
Schwartz some time ago.  I prefer to call it "good science" or
"good EE", because I think the term 'sociobiology' has been
identified with 'genetic determinism' to the point that the word
SB cannot be rehabilitated.  (Not that every one of these works
is a perfect pearl of insight and clarity, poor writing is a problem
everywhere and always, but a lot of the good recent work in my
field is listed below.)

For a quick peek into my field, just read the titles and then
delete the whole post.

On hominid evolution, if you want to know more about the state
of the field, please read everything by Foley, Aiello, Wheeler,
Leonard and Robertson.  Or just Foley plus abstracts of the
others.  Note: some of these authors disagree with each other,
but most of the work is actually complementary.

In some of the edited volumes at the end, there is some stuff that
is not strictly EvoEco, but some may be interested to note the
variety of views and the marxish flavor of some.  (Richard Lee
is the one famous for fieldwork among the !Kung in the 60's,
and still is doing so as part of the still on-going Harvard-Kalahari Project.)

For some approaches to cultural inheritance, cultural evolution
and "biosocial" or cultural selection, see Bettinger [not quite my
cup of tea, but illustrative of attempts to address something like
'social selection', however, he does a terrible job of representing


Recent articles on human evolutionary ecology

Aiello, Leslie C, and Wheeler, Peter, 1995. The Expensive-Tissue Hypothesis: the brain and the digestive system in human
and primate evolution. Current Anthro 36(2):199-221

Alvard, MS. 1993 Testing the "Ecologically Noble Savage"
Hypothesis: Interspecific Prey Choice by Piro Hunters of
Amazonian Peru. Human Ecology 21(4):355-387

Bennett, IM. 1991 Bari Loricarid Collection and the Value of
Information: an Application of Optimal Foraging Theory. Human
Ecology 19(4):517-527

Blurton Jones, N, Hawkes, K, Draper, P. 1994 Differences
Between Hadza and !Kung Children's work: Original Affluence
or Practical Reason? in Key Issues in Hunter-Gatherer Research,
Burch, ES and LJ Ellanna, eds. Berg: Oxford

Hawkes, Kristen. 1993 Why Hunter-gatherers Work: an Ancient
Version of the Problem of Public Goods. Current Anthropology
Note:  Discussion. V34 P351-61; V34 P701-10; V35 P287-9;
V35 P438-41

Hawkes, K, J O'Connell. 1992 On Optimal Foraging Models and
Subsistence Transitions. Current Anthropology 33(1):63-66

Hawkes, K, JF O'Connell and NG Blurton Jones. 1991 Hunting
income patterns among the Hadza: big game, common goods,
foraging goals and the evolution of the human diet.Phil. Trans.
R. Soc. Lond. B. 334:243-251

Hill, Kim and Kaplan, Hillard. 1993 On Why Male Foragers
Hunt and Share Food. Current Anthropology 34:701-10

Leonard, WR, Robertson, ML. 1992 Nutritional Requirements
and Human Evolution: a Bioenergetics Model. American Journal
of Human Biology 4(2):179-195

Ludvico, LR, Bennett, IM, Beckerman, S. 1991 Risk Sensitive
Foraging Behavior among the Bari. Human Ecology

Metcalfe, D, Barlow, KR. 1992 A Model for Exploring the
Optimal Trade-off Between Field Processing and Transport.
American Anthropologist 94(2):340-356

O'Connell, JF, Hawkes, K. 1992 On Optimal Foraging Models
and Subsistence Transitions. Current Anthropology 33:63-6

Wheeler, PE. 1992 The thermoregulatory advantages of large
body size for hominids foraging in savannah environments.
Journal of Human Evolution 23(4):351-362

Winterhalder, Bruce. 1993 Work, Resources and Population in
Foraging Societies. Man 28:321-40

Winterhalder, Bruce and Goland, Carol. 1993 On Population,
Foraging Efficiency, and Plant Domestication. Current
Anthropology 34:710-15

Recent books and edited collections of essays about foragers

Bettinger, RL. 1991 Hunter-gatherers: archaeological and
evolutionary theory.

Hughes, RN, ed. 1993 Diet Selection, An Interdisciplinary
Approach to Foraging Behaviour. Blackwell Sci. Pub.
(Note: some good stuff, not on humans, but the sheep article is
really great!)

Ingold, T, Riches, D, Woodburn, J, eds. 1988. History, evolution
and social change (supertitled HUNTERS AND GATHERERS
1). Berg: New York, dist. St. Martin's Press

Krebs, JR and Davies, NB. 1981. An Introduction to Behavioral
Ecology. Sinauer:Mass

Krebs, JR and Davies, NB. 1991. Behavioral Ecology: An
Evolutionary Approach. Blackwell: Oxford.

Smith, EA. 1991 Inujjuamiut Foraging Strategies: Evolutionary
Ecology of an Arctic Hunting Economy. Aldine De Gruyter:
New York

Smith, EA and Winterhalder, B eds. 1992 Evolutionary Ecology
and Human Behavior.

Standen, V, Foley, RA, eds. 1989. Comparative Socioecology:
The behavioral ecology of Humans and other mammals.
Blackwell: Oxford, Boston

The volume ed by Ingold, Riches + Woodburn, 1988, includes
the following chapters, among others:

Hominids, humans and hunter-gatherers: an evolutionary
perspective, by Robert Foley

Risk and uncertainty in the 'original affluent society'"
evolutionary ecology of resource-sharing and land tenure, by
Eric Alden Smith

Reflections on primitive communism, by Richard B. Lee

Notes on the foraging mode of production, by Tim Ingold

Politics and production among the Calusa of south Florida, by
William H. Marquardt

Twenty years of history, evolution and social change in gatherer-hunter studies, by Barbara Bender and Brian Morris

The volume ed by Standen + Foley, 1989, includes the following
chapters, among others:

Hardworking Hadza grandmothers, by Hawkes, O'Connell and
Blurton Jones.

The evolution of hominid social behaviour, by RA Foley

The social and environmental relations of human beings and
other animals, by T Ingold.

Modelling and measuring costs of children in two foraging
societies, by Blurton Jones, Hawkes and O'Connell

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