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A New Sociobiology

Immunity, Alterity, and the Social Repertoire

A. David Napier

The relation between biological processes and social practices has given rise to a sociobiology heavily defined through experimental, cause-and-effect theorizing, applying biology to society, culture, and individual action. Human behaviour is largely understood as the outcome of biological processes, with individual autonomy and survival, and social order and stability, prioritized. Building on an argument first made about selfhood in 1986, and about immunology from 1992 onwards, this article argues that advances in science reframe our understanding of the boundaries between self and other ('non-self'), and thereby also our awareness of the importance of risk and danger, and the social contexts that encourage or discourage social risks. Because the assimilation of difference is not only crucial to survival, but critical for creation, the argument here for 'a new sociobiology' is for a less biologically determined sociobiology. Difference can destroy, but it is necessary for adaptation and creation. A new sociobiology, therefore, must prioritize organic relatedness over organic autonomy, attraction to 'other' over concern with 'self', if the field is to advance our understanding of creation, survival, and growth.

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A Theory of ‘Animal Borders’

Thoughts and Practices toward Non-human Animals among the G|ui Hunter-Gatherers

Kazuyoshi Sugawara

behavior of a bird reminds one of a relevant tale or myth, while holding a cultural representation relevant to the interpretation of such a behavior may sharpen observational ability. I now turn to ethno-immunology observations in order to throw light on

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Sachiko Hosoya

Immunology 13 , no. 1 : 71 – 84 . Abbasi-Shavazi M. J. , McDonald , P. and Hosseini-Chavoshi , M. ( 2008 ), ‘ Modernization or Cultural Maintenance: The Practice of Consanguineous Marriage in Iran ’, Journal of Biosocial Science 40 , no. 6

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The Biologically Vulnerable Boy

Framing Sex Differences in Childhood Infectious Disease Mortality

Heather T. Battles

Immunology 101 , no. 1 : 92 – 98 . Allen , Edgar V . 1934 . “ The Relationship of Sex to Disease .” Annals of Internal Medicine 7 , no. 8 : 1000 – 1012 . 10.7326/0003-4819-7-8-1000 Ariès , Philippe . [ 1960 ] 1962 . Centuries of Childhood: A

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The Puzzle of The University on Air

A Story of Media and Academia in Israel, 1977–2013

Hagai Boas and Ayelet Baram-Tsabari

Exact sciences 92 19.3 Physics, Chemistry, Medicine, Biology, Geology, ComputerScience, etc. Immunology, Genetic Engineering in Plants, The History of Mediterranean Geology, Black Holes and White Dwarves Social sciences 43 9 Economics, Law, Education