Pierre van den Berghe
Pierre van den Berghe is the pioneer of the
research that led to the modern rise of Evolutionary Psychology.
He is Professor Emeritus of Sociology and Anthropology at
the University of Washington, Seattle, USA. His fieldwork
was carried out mostly in Sub-Saharan Africa and Latin America.
Prof. van den Berghe is world-known expert in kinship, ethnicity,
tourism, genocide, and biocultural evolution, the author of
Race and racism (1967), Human family systems (1979), The ethnic
phenomenon (1981), Stranger in their midst (1989) and
18 other books. Last summer he participated in 2nd Summer
school on Human Ethology (Puschino) with lectures The
Basis for Human Sociality: Nepotism, Reciprocity, Coercion
and Ethnic Solidarity: Innate and Socially Constructed.
Preliminary titles of his lectures
on Evolutionary Psychology Session:
Lecture one: The Unilineal Descent Puzzle
Lecture two: The Matrilineal Descent Puzzle
Lecture three: The Incest-Endogamy-Exogamy Muddle
Puzzle of the lecture #1.
Why does unilineal descent exist when kin selection would
seem to dictate bilateral descent?
Puzzle of the lecture #2. What is the cause of asymmetry
between the structures of patrilineal and matrilineal descent
Muddle of the lecture #3 refers to the confusion in
the anthropological literature between rules of incest avoidance,
endogamy and exogamy, and the common custom of preferential
marriage with some cousins (generally cross-cousins) combined
with strict prohibition of other, generally parallel, cousins
who are equally related.