Skip to main content

Sociality, Hierarchy, Health: Comparative Biodemography: A Collection of Papers

View Cover

Sociality, Hierarchy, Health

Comparative Biodemography: A Collection of Papers (2014)
Purchase Options
Purchase Options MyNAP members save 10% online. Login or Register



Sociality, Hierarchy, Health: Comparative Biodemography is a collection of papers that examine cross-species comparisons of social environments with a focus on social behaviors along with social hierarchies and connections, to examine their effects on health, longevity, and life histories. This report covers a broad spectrum of nonhuman animals, exploring a variety of measures of position in social hierarchies and social networks, drawing links among these factors to health outcomes and trajectories, and comparing them to those in humans. Sociality, Hierarchy, Health revisits both the theoretical underpinnings of biodemography and the empirical findings that have emerged over the past two decades.


Suggested Citation

National Research Council. 2014. Sociality, Hierarchy, Health: Comparative Biodemography: A Collection of Papers. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press.

Import this citation to:

Publication Info

400 pages |6 x 9
  • Paperback: 978-0-309-30661-4
  • Ebook: 978-0-309-30664-5

Table of Contents

skim chapter
Front Matter i-xii
1 Sociality, Hierarchy, Health: Comparative Biodemography--Maxine Weinstein, Hillard Kaplan, and Meredith A. Lane 1-16
2 Alleles, Mortality Schedules, and the Evolutionary Theory of Senescence--Kenneth W. Wachter 17-38
3 Genes Revisited: The Biodemography of Social Environmental Variation Through a Functional Genomics Lens--Jenny Tung 39-64
4 The Long Reach of History: Intergenerational and Transgenerational Pathways to Plasticity in Human Longevity--Christopher W. Kuzawa and Dan T.A. Eisenberg 65-94
5 Genomic and Evolutionary Challenges for Biodemography--Kenneth M. Weiss 95-120
6 Evolutionary Perspectives on the Links Between Close Social Bonds, Health, and Fitness--Joan B. Silk 121-144
7 Pathways of Survival and Social Structure During Human Transitions from the Darwinian World--Caleb Finch and Burton Singer 145-168
8 Social and Economic Underpinnings of Human Biodemography--Paul L. Hooper, Michael Gurven, and Hillard Kaplan 169-196
9 Work to Live and Live to Work: Productivity, Transfers, and Psychological Well-Being in Adulthood and Old Age--Jonathan Stieglitz, Adrian V. Jaeggi, Aaron D. Blackwell, Benjamin C. Trumble, Michael Gurven, and Hillard Kaplan 197-222
10 Intergenerational Transfers, Social Arrangements, Life Histories, and the Elderly--Ronald Lee 223-246
11 Stress and Metabolic Disease--Karen K. Ryan 247-268
12 Hierarchy and Connectedness as Determinants of Health and Longevity in Social Insects--Brian Johnson and James R. Carey 269-294
13 Biodemography of Ectothermic Tetrapods Provides Insights into the Evolution and Plasticity of Mortality Patterns--David A. W. Miller, Fredric J. Janzen, Gary M. Fellers, Patrick M. Kleeman, and Anne M. Bronikowski 295-314
14 A Comparative Perspective on Reproductive Aging, Reproductive Cessation, Post-Reproductive Life, and Social Behavior--Peter T. Ellison and Mary Ann Ottinger 315-338
15 The Male-Female Health-Survival Paradox: A Comparative Perspective on Sex Differences in Aging and Mortality--Susan C. Alberts, Elizabeth A. Archie, Laurence R. Gesquiere, Jeanne Altmann, James W. Vaupel, and Kaare Christensen 339-364
16 Of Baboons and Men: Social Circumstances, Biology, and the Social Gradient in Health--Michael G. Marmot and Robert Sapolsky 365-388

Copyright Information

The National Academies Press and the Transportation Research Board have partnered with Copyright Clearance Center to offer a variety of options for reusing our content. You may request permission to:

  • Republish or display in another publication, presentation, or other media
  • Use in print or electronic course materials and dissertations
  • Share electronically via secure intranet or extranet
  • And more

For most Academic and Educational uses no royalties will be charged although you are required to obtain a license and comply with the license terms and conditions.

Click here to obtain permission forSociality, Hierarchy, Health: Comparative Biodemography: A Collection of Papers.

Translation and Other Rights

For information on how to request permission to translate our work and for any other rights related query please click here. Customer Service

For questions about using the service, please contact:

Copyright Clearance Center
22 Rosewood Drive
Danvers, MA 01923
Tel (toll free): 855/239-3415 (select option 1)

Loading stats for Sociality, Hierarchy, Health: Comparative Biodemography: A Collection of Papers...