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Mother nature : a history of mothers, infants, and natural selection

Author: Sarah Blaffer Hrdy
Publisher: New York : Pantheon Books, ©1999.
Edition/Format:   Book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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The author draws on anthropology, history, literature, developmental psychology, and animal behavior to examine "the distinct biological and genetic elements that constitute maternal instinct" and to explain "why age-old tensions between the sexes persist and are being played out today in efforts to control women's reproductive choices."--Jacket.
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Hrdy, Sarah Blaffer, 1946-
Mother nature.
New York : Pantheon Books, c1999
(OCoLC)651830039
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Sarah Blaffer Hrdy
ISBN: 0679442650 9780679442653
OCLC Number: 40907569
Description: xix, 723 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 25 cm.
Contents: Motherhood as a minefield --
A new view of mothers --
Underlying mysteries of development --
Unimaginable variation --
The variable environments of evolutionary relevance --
The Milky Way --
From here to maternity --
Family planning primate-style --
Three men and a baby --
The optimal number of fathers --
Who cared? --
Unnatural mothers --
Daughters or sons? It all depends --
Old tradeoffs, new contexts --
Born to attach --
Meeting the eyes of love --
"Secure from what?" or "Secure from whom?" --
Empowering the embryo --
Why be adorable? --
How to be "an infant worth rearing" --
A matter of fat --
On human bondage --
Alternate paths of development --
Devising better lullabies.
Responsibility: Sarah Blaffer Hrdy.
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The author draws on anthropology, history, literature, developmental psychology, and animal behavior to examine "the distinct biological and genetic elements that constitute maternal instinct" and to explain "why age-old tensions between the sexes persist and are being played out today in efforts to control women's reproductive choices."--Jacket.

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Evolutionary Psychology with feminist spin

by vleighton (WorldCat user published 2012-12-28) Very Good Permalink

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  I liked this book. Books such as Pinker's How the Mind Works and Ridley's Origins of Virtue cover some of the same ground, but Hrdy focuses on some issues that are more from a woman's point of view. It is a welcome addition to what...
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'Nother Not Your (Sociobiology)

by dacase (WorldCat user published 2009-06-13) Very Good Permalink

Mother Nature is an extremely readable and indeed valuable book. Yet careful study reveals that it suffers fundamental flaws that deflect much of its thrust. It is readable because Hrdy brings up candidly her personal history and situation in relation to sociobiology theory, especially the competing...
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