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Social Darwinism

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posted on 04.02.2019 by Matthew Adams
Charles Darwin’s work had an important, but complex, impact on social thinking in the nineteenth century. Although the language of evolution was integral to social thought before publication of On the Origin of Species in 1859, social theorists increasingly turned to evolutionary theory to help understand human societies as the significance of Darwin’s contribution to the biological sciences became more apparent. Social Darwinism encompassed a melange of competing ideas, and had appeal across the political spectrum, but it nevertheless became a crucial component of theoretical interventions that were integral to the formation of modern sociology.

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  • Social Sciences

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  • Politics and International Studies

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The Blackwell Encyclopedia of Sociology

Citation

ADAMS, M.S., 2020. Social Darwinism [2nd ed]. IN: Ritzer, G. (ed.). The Blackwell Encyclopedia of Sociology, doi:10.1002/9781405165518.wbeoss142.pub2.

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Wiley Blackwell

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AM (Accepted Manuscript)

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© John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

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This work is made available according to the conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0) licence. Full details of this licence are available at: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/

Publication date

2019-11-19

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2019

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ISBN

9781405124331; 9781405165518

Language

en

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George Ritzer

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