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Mother nature : a history of mothers, infants, and natural selection / Sarah Blaffer Hrdy.

By: Hrdy, Sarah Blaffer, 1946-.
Material type: TextTextPublisher: New York : Pantheon Books, c1999Edition: 1st ed.Description: xix, 723 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 25 cm.ISBN: 0679442650; 9780679442653.Subject(s): Mother and child | Motherhood -- Psychological aspects | Natural selection | Parental behavior in animals | Working mothersAdditional physical formats: Online version:: Mother nature.DDC classification: 306.874/3 Other classification: 71.21 | CQ 6000 | MS 1990
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.
Summary: 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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Includes bibliographical references (p. 603-690) and index.

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.

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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Library Journal Review

In this well-referenced, groundbreaking work, anthropologist Hrdy (a former student of sociobiologist E.O. Wilson) unravels the mysteries and myths surrounding the concept of maternal instinct. After decades of research and reading in the disciplines of primatology, anthropology, and evolutionary theory, she has written a feminist classic with a unique perspective that rests somewhere between the "social constructionists, who believe that a mother's attachment to her child is learned, and the essentialists, who believe females are genetically programmed to be nurturing." Hrdy makes sense of issues like motherguilt, attachment and developmental theories, and the need to put old tradeoffs in new contexts. In the last half of the book, she takes an "infant's-eye view" of the concept of survivability by putting issues like the maternal-fetal conflict in historical and cultural contexts. Essential for anthropology, education, psychology, sociology, and women studies collections. [Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 6/15/99.]ÄRebecca Cress-Ingebo, Wright State Univ Libs., Dayton, OH (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Sarah Blaffer Hrdy is an emeritus professor of anthropology at the University of California at Davis and has been elected to both the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

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