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The concept of 'co-evolution' and its application in the social sciences: a review of the literature

Mitleton-Kelly, Eve and Davy, Laura K. (2013) The concept of 'co-evolution' and its application in the social sciences: a review of the literature. In: Mitleton-Kelly, Evangelia, (ed.) Co-Evolution of Intelligent Socio-Technical Systems: Modelling and Applications in Large Scale Emergency and Transport Domains. Understanding complex systems. Springer Berlin / Heidelberg, Berlin, pp. 43-57. ISBN 9783642366130

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Identification Number: 10.1007/978-3-642-36614-7_3


The Oxford Dictionary online defines co-evolution as a term originating in biology, meaning “the influence of closely associated species on each other in their evolution”. Ehrlich and Raven [10] first used the term co-evolution in reference to biological evolution when looking at the relationship between the patterns of evolution of plants and butterflies, stating that it describes the simultaneous, reciprocal evolution of interacting populations. Reciprocity is an element of co-evolutionary relationships stressed by all definitions in the literature. In biology, co-evolution refers to the change of a biological entity triggered by the change of a related entity [42]. Each entity exerts certain pressures and influences over the other, affecting the evolutionary trajectory of each.

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Additional Information: © 2013 Springer-Verlag
Divisions: Psychological and Behavioural Science
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
T Technology > T Technology (General)
Date Deposited: 05 Aug 2013 08:03
Last Modified: 16 May 2024 05:35

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