Human Nature Debate

Human Nature Debate : Social Theory, Social Policy and the Caring Professions

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The idea of human nature is centuries old. Yet epithets like 'human greed', 'natural inequalities' and 'you can't change the world' still underpin discussion in everyday life as well as in the academic arena.

Human Nature Debate challenges the fixity of such notions and argues that the manifestations of the human nature idea are socially and politically - rather than philosophically - grounded. The book's scope is wide, spanning the social science disciplines and, unlike other texts in the field, incorporates everyday social and political examples into the academic.

Cowen demonstrates how theories of human nature must be related to their intellectual, historical and social roots by analysing biological, psychological and social models, assessing the impacts of Freudianism, behaviourism, existentialism and Marxism upon social theory, policy and caring professions, and evaluating the political significance of racist and sexist accounts. The book covers the issues of women and human nature and feminist critiques and acquaints the reader with a variety of social thinkers.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 240 pages
  • 135 x 215 x 14.73mm | 326.59g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0745307418
  • 9780745307411

Table of contents

1. The Human Nature Debate

2. Dominant Theories of the Twentieth Century

3. Biology or Culture?

4. Sociology, Social Theory and the Human Nature

5. Biology, Racism and Aggression

6. Woman and Human Nature

7. Social Policy and Human Nature

8. Health Professions, Policies and Human Nature

9. Social Work and Models of Human Nature

10. Conclusions

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Review quote

'Eloquently expresses the enormous significance of assumptions about human nature to social policy analysis and teaching' -- Social Policy
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About Harry Cowen

Harry Cowen is Field Chair, Sociological Studies at Cheltenham and Gloucester College of Higher Education. He is the contributor to various publications and has taught across the range of social sciences.
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