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From Man to ApeDarwinism in Argentina, 1870-1920$
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Adriana Novoa and Alex Levine

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780226596167

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226596181.001.0001

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Sexual Selection and the Politics of Mating

Sexual Selection and the Politics of Mating

(p.156) Chapter Five Sexual Selection and the Politics of Mating
From Man to Ape
University of Chicago Press

This chapter examines the analogies of Charles Darwin's concept of sexual selection to the politics of mating in Argentina. It discusses attempts of such figures as Domingo Sarmiento and Eduardo Holmberg to show that nation and race can be considered to have emerged via sexual selection and thus subject cultural direction. This chapter highlights the important of sexual selection in the discussions of race and argues that the open-endedness of the constitutive analogies of Darwinism underwrote an ambitious generalization of the Darwinian account of evolutionary change and its application to a social and cultural realm now conceived as at least partially autonomous from the biological.

Keywords:   sexual selection, Charles Darwin, politics of mating, Argentina, Domingo Sarmiento, Eduardo Holmberg, race, cultural direction, evolutionary change, Darwinism

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