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AcknowledgmentsIntroduction: Developing a Scientific Paradigm for Understanding Culture / Melissa J. BrownPart One: What is Culture?
1. Some Kinds of Causal Powers That Make Up Culture / Roy D'Andrade
2. Culture in Evolution: Toward an Integration of Chimpanzee and Human Cultures / Christophe Boesch
3. Dissent with Modification: Cultural Evolution and Social Niche Construction / Marcus W. FeldmanPart Two: Modeling-Based Case Studies
4. Cultural Evolution: Accomplishments and Future Prospects / Peter J. Richerson and Robert Boyd
5. Conditions for the Spread of Culturally Transmitted Costly Punishment of Sib Mating / Kenichi Aoki, Yasuo Ihara, and Marcus W. Feldman
6. Sexually Transmitted Infections as Biomarkers of Cultural Behavior / James Holland JonesPart Three: Ethnographic Case Studies
7. When Culture Affects Behavior: A New Look at Kuru / William H. Durham
8. When Culture Does Not Affect Behavior: The Structural Basis of Ethnic Identity / Melissa J. Brown
9. A Cultural Species / Joseph Henrich
10. Culture Matters: Inferences from Comparative Behavioral Experiments and Evolutionary Models / Samuel Bowles and Herbert GintisPart Four: Challenges to a Science of Culture
11. Cultural Evolution and Uxorilocal Marriage in China: A Second Opinion / Arthur P. Wolf
12. When Theory Is Data: Coming to Terms with "Culture" as a Way of Life / Gregory Starrett
13. Studying "Culture" Scientifically Is an Oxymoron: The Interesting Question Is Why People Don't Accept This / Robert BorofskyEpilogue: Future Considerations / Melissa J. BrownReferences

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Anthropologists and biologists use scientific methods to examine world cultures

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Melissa J. Brown is assistant professor of anthropology at Stanford University. The other contributors are Kenichi Aoki, Christophe Boesch, Robert Borofsky, Samuel Bowles, Robert Boyd, Roy D'Andrade, William H. Durham, Marcus W. Feldman, Herbert Gintis, Joseph Henrich, Yasuo Ihara, James Holland Jones, Peter J. Richerson, Gregory Starrett, and Arthur P. Wolf.


Space limitations have prevented me from discussing more than the highlights of the material found in this interesting and informative volume . . .

-- Adam Gifford, Jr. * Journal of Bioeconomics *

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