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Mother Nature: Maternal Instincts and How They Shape the Human Species

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Maternal instinct--the all-consuming, utterly selfless love that mothers lavish on their children--has long been assumed to be an innate, indeed defining element of a woman's nature. But is it? In this provocative, groundbreaking book, renowned anthropologist (and mother) Sarah Blaffer Hrdy shares a radical new vision of motherhood and its crucial role in human evolution.

Hrdy strips away stereotypes and gender-biased myths to demonstrate that traditional views of maternal behavior are essentially wishful thinking codified as objective observation. As Hrdy argues, far from being "selfless," successful primate mothers have always combined nurturing with ambition, mother love with sexual love, ambivalence with devotion. In fact all mothers, in the struggle to guarantee both their own survival and that of their offspring, deal nimbly with competing demands and conflicting strategies.

In her nuanced, stunningly original interpretation of the relationships between mothers and fathers, mothers and babies, and mothers and their social groups, Hrdy offers not only a revolutionary new meaning to motherhood but an important new understanding of human evolution. Written with grace and clarity, suffused with the wisdom of a long and distinguished career, Mother Nature is a profound contribution to our understanding of who we are as a species--and why we have become this way.

About the Author

Sarah Blaffer Hrdy is an emeritus professor of anthropology at the University of California at Davis and a fellow of both the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.  The author of three previous books, including The Woman That Never Evolved, she lives in northern California.

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Product Details

ISBN:
9780345408938
Author:
Hrdy, Sarah Blaffer
Publisher:
Ballantine Books
Author:
Hrdy, Sarah
Location:
New York
Subject:
Women's Studies
Subject:
Motherhood
Subject:
Mother and child
Subject:
Parental behavior in animals
Subject:
Evolution - Human
Subject:
Working mothers
Subject:
Natural selection
Subject:
Máere et enfant
Subject:
Maternitâe
Subject:
Comportement parental chez les animaux
Subject:
Sâelection naturelle
Subject:
Life Sciences - Evolution - Human
Subject:
Women's Studies - General
Subject:
Parenting - Motherhood
Subject:
Evolution
Subject:
Biology-Evolution
Subject:
Child Care and Parenting-Mothering
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series Volume:
8.
Publication Date:
20000931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
752
Dimensions:
9.20x6.14x1.33 in. 1.65 lbs.

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