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Novoa Adriana <1963->


From man to ape [[electronic resource] ] : Darwinism in Argentina, 1870-1920 / / Adriana Novoa and Alex Levine


Chicago ; ; London, : University of Chicago Press, 2010





Descrizione fisica

1 online resource (294 p.)

Altri autori (Persone)

LevineAlex <1966->




Evolution (Biology) - Argentina - History

Science - Argentina - History

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Livello bibliografico


Note generali

Description based upon print version of record.

Nota di bibliografia

Includes bibliographical references and index.

Nota di contenuto

Front matter -- Contents -- Acknowledgments -- Introduction -- Chapter 1. The Roots of Evolutionary Thought in Argentina -- Chapter 2. The Reception of Darwinism in Argentina -- Chapter 3. The Triumph of Darwinism in Argentina -- Chapter 4. The Culture of Extinction -- Chapter 5. Sexual Selection and the Politics of Mating -- Chapter 6. Evolutionary Psychology and Its Analogies -- Conclusion -- Notes -- Works Cited -- Index


Upon its publication, The Origin of Species was critically embraced in Europe and North America. But how did Darwin's theories fare in other regions of the world? Adriana Novoa and Alex Levine offer here a history and interpretation of the reception of Darwinism in Argentina, illuminating the ways culture shapes scientific enterprise. In order to explore how Argentina's particular interests, ambitions, political anxieties, and prejudices shaped scientific research, From Man to Ape focuses on Darwin's use of analogies. Both analogy and metaphor are culturally situated, and by studying scientific activity at Europe's geographical and cultural periphery, Novoa and Levine show that familiar analogies assume unfamiliar and sometimes startling guises in Argentina. The transformation of these analogies in the Argentine context led science-as well as the interaction between science, popular

culture, and public policy-in surprising directions. In diverging from European models, Argentine Darwinism reveals a great deal about both Darwinism and science in general. Novel in its approach and its subject, From Man to Ape reveals a new way of understanding Latin American science and its impact on the scientific communities of Europe and North America.