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This would be clearer if the comma after "family life" were a semicolon. You may conclude from the context of the named movements that the sentence contrasts theories of personal burdens. Freudians ascribe their weight to early family life. Marxists, on the other hand, ascribe that weight to the political power structures of society.
Its meaning here is ambiguous. It can be taken to mean it's good to be an artist (and so, be counted among their company). It can also be taken to mean artists are good company to have (as in, it's good to hang out with them).
It "goes to" art. As in: Art eases social interactions Art is a mark of status and of the conspicuous display of consumption that indicates superior health and wealth. These things are some of arts "biological purposes". If the sentence had read: Anyone could hazard suggestions for the biological purposes of art – they ease social ...
A "social scientist" is one who studies social phenomena, like psychology, economics, history, or politics. These things are generally difficult to study, since it's often very difficult to set up a perfectly repeatable experiment with proper control. This is in contrast to "natural sciences" or "hard sciences", which include chemistry, physics, biology, and ...
So that this question receives an answer rather than just comments, I'll summarise what has been said so far. The notion that communities are always ruled by competing Alpha males and that females play a subordinate role does not feel acceptable in a post-Marxist, postfeminist society. That sentence is correct. See the following shortened version. ...
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