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date: 20 October 2020

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Sociology’s attitude toward biology has varied greatly during the course of their relationship. Initial infatuation gave way to disillusionment and estrangement, followed, in turn, by hotly contested attempts at reconciliation and reunion. This chapter fleshes out the trajectory of their alliance with a brief and not-unopinionated history of sociology’s relationship to biology in hopes of rendering the story coherent and memorable, of gleaning what insights it offers about the obstacles and virtues of their relationship, and of forecasting the future of their association. Based on recent developments within both sociology and biology, and, more importantly, in light of their essential unity, the chapter concludes that their future is bright indeed.

Keywords: evolutionary sociology, biosociology, history of sociology, history of social thought

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