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A People That Shall Dwell Alone; Judiasm as a Group Evolutionary Strategy: MacDonald, Kevin

A People That Shall Dwell Alone; Judiasm as a Group Evolutionary Strategy

MacDonald, Kevin

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ISBN 10: 0275948692 / ISBN 13: 9780275948696
Published by Praeger, Wesport, Connecticut, 1994
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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Crisp, clean as new book. Laminated boards show no bumps, pages are pristine, and there are no names or writing. Book endeavors to understand Judaism based on modern biological and sociological sciences. Considered controveriali, by some. 302 pages. Bookseller Inventory # 25383

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Title: A People That Shall Dwell Alone; Judiasm as ...

Publisher: Praeger, Wesport, Connecticut

Publication Date: 1994

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: No DJ

Edition: Later Printing

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MacDonald develops an evolutionary perspective on Judaism. Judaism is conceptualized as a group evolutionary strategy characterized by a high degree of endogamy and resistance to genetic and cultural assimilation. Data are provided to support the author's theory that Judaism is characterized by a high level of within-group altruism and competition with outgroups. Finally, MacDonald argues that Judaism has been characterized by eugenic practices aimed at high intelligence and high investment parenting.

After outlining a theory of evolutionary group strategies, MacDonald discusses the evidence from modern studies showing population genetic differences between Jews and Gentiles. He then shows that Jewish religious writing points to a pronounced tendency toward idealizing endogamy and condemning exogamy, and he points to the ways religious ideology and practice have facilitated the genetic and cultural separation of Jews and Gentiles. He then reviews evidence for resource and reproductive competition and the importance of kin-based cooperation and altruism as well as assortative mating for intelligence and resource aquisition ability among Jews. This study is a highly original attempt to develop an evolutionary understanding of one of the world's great religions. As such, it will be of concern to scholars and researchers in the fields of sociobiology and religion as well as the general reading public.

About the Author:

KEVIN MacDONALD is Professor, Department of Psychology, California State University, Long Beach. Among his earlier books are Social and Personality Development: An Evolutionary Synthesis

ciobiological Perspectives on Human Development

d Parent-Child Play: Descriptions and Implications.

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