The Parasite-Stress Theory of Values and Sociality

Infectious Disease, History and Human Values Worldwide

Authors: Thornhill, Randy, Fincher, Corey L.

  • Builds the revolutionary theory that human evolution is subject to parasite and disease stress that shapes human qualities as personality, political tendencies and propensity toward religiosity
  • Comprehensive coverage of the topic and its underpinnings and wide scope including value systems, mate choice, political preferences, personality, religiosity and economics
  • The summation of years of field-defining work by Thornhill and Fincher
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About this book

This book develops and tests an ecological and evolutionary theory of the causes of human values—the core beliefs that guide people’s cognition and behavior—and their variation across time and space around the world. We call this theory the parasite-stress theory of values or the parasite-stress theory of sociality. The evidence we present in our book indicates that both a wide span of human affairs and major aspects of human cultural diversity can be understood in light of variable parasite (infectious disease) stress and the range of value systems evoked by variable parasite stress. The same evidence supports the hypothesis that people have psychological adaptations that function to adopt values dependent upon local infectious-disease adversity. The authors have identified key variables, variation in infectious disease adversity and in the core values it evokes, for understanding these topics and in novel and encompassing ways. Although the human species is the focus in the book, evidence presented in the book shows that the parasite-stress theory of sociality informs other topics in ecology and evolutionary biology such as variable family organization and speciation processes and biological diversity in general in non-human animals.

About the authors

Randy Thornhill is Distinguished Professor of Biology at The University of New Mexico. Dr. Thornhill's 150+ published papers and four books on the evolutionary and ecological aspects of sociality and behavior have been cited over 17,000 times. He served as President of the Human Behavior and Evolution Society from 2011 through 2013. Corey L. Fincher is an Assistant Professor in the University of Warwick, U.K.'s Department of Psychology. The parasite-stress model emerged as a result of his and Thornhill's research, and the two researchers' publications since 2005 established this theory of sociality.

Reviews

“The book might appeal to academics looking for an introduction to this research program, for example, psychologists, anthropologists, sociologists, or political scientists concerned with cultural differences and seeking an alternative perspective. … The volume has much to offer for fans of consilience. … The book also has much to offer for those skeptical of parasite stress having such encompassing effects on culture as well as for those skeptical of the psychological processes claimed to cause the cultural variation.” (Florian van Leeuwen, The Quarterly Review of Biology, Vol. 91 (2), June, 2016)


Table of contents (14 chapters)

  • Background and Overview of the Book

    Thornhill, Randy (et al.)

    Pages 1-19

  • Evolutionary Aesthetics, Values, and Methodology

    Thornhill, Randy (et al.)

    Pages 21-58

  • The Parasite-Stress Theory of Values

    Thornhill, Randy (et al.)

    Pages 59-82

  • Human Values Research Prior to the Parasite-Stress Theory

    Thornhill, Randy (et al.)

    Pages 83-111

  • Collectivism–Individualism, Family Ties, and Philopatry

    Thornhill, Randy (et al.)

    Pages 113-170

Buy this book

eBook $159.00
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-08040-6
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $209.00
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-319-08039-0
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $209.00
price for USA
  • Customers within the U.S. and Canada please contact Customer Service at 1-800-777-4643, Latin America please contact us at +1-212-460-1500 (Weekdays 8:30am – 5:30pm ET) to place your order.
  • Due: October 27, 2016
  • ISBN 978-3-319-35659-4
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Parasite-Stress Theory of Values and Sociality
Book Subtitle
Infectious Disease, History and Human Values Worldwide
Authors
Copyright
2014
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing Switzerland
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-08040-6
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-08040-6
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-08039-0
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-35659-4
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIX, 449
Number of Illustrations and Tables
12 b/w illustrations
Topics