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Somewhere in Africa, more than a million years ago, a line of apes began to rear their young differently than their Great Ape ancestors. From this new form of care came new ways of engaging and understanding each other. How such singular human capacities evolved, and how they have kept us alive for thousands of generations, is the mystery revealed in this bold and wide-ranging new vision of human emotional evolution.

Mothers and Others finds the key in the primatologically unique length of human childhood. If the young were to survive in a world of scarce food, they needed to be cared for, not only by their mothers but also by siblings, aunts, fathers, friends--and, with any luck, grandmothers. Out of this complicated and contingent form of childrearing, Sarah Hrdy argues, came the human capacity for understanding others. Mothers and others teach us who will care, and who will not.

From its opening vision of "apes on a plane"; to descriptions of baby care among marmosets, chimpanzees, wolves, and lions; to explanations about why men in hunter-gatherer societies hunt together, Mothers and Others is compellingly readable. But it is also an intricately knit argument that ever since the Pleistocene, it has taken a village to raise children--and how that gave our ancient ancestors the first push on the path toward becoming emotionally modern human beings.

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Mothers and Others finds the key in the primatologically unique length of human childhood. Renowned anthropologist Sarah Hrdy argues that if human babies were to survive in a world of scarce resources, they would need to be cared for, not only by their mothers but also by siblings, aunts, fathers, friends--and, with any luck, grandmothers. Out of this complicated and contingent form of childrearing, Hrdy argues, came the human capacity for understanding others. In essence, mothers and others teach us who will care, and who will not.

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2012 W.W. Howells Book Prize, Biological Anthropology Section of the American Anthropological Association

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2012 J.I. Staley Prize, School for Advanced Research

About the Author

Sarah Blaffer Hrdy is Professor Emerita of Anthropology at University of California–Davis.

Table of Contents

  1. Apes on a Plane
  2. Why Us and Not Them?
  3. Why It Takes a Village
  4. Novel Developments
  5. Will the Real Pleistocene Family Please Step Forward?
  6. Meet the Alloparents
  7. Babies as Sensory Traps
  8. Grandmothers among Others
  9. Childhood and the Descent of Man
  • Notes
  • References
  • Acknowledgments
  • Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780674060326
Author:
Hrdy, Sarah Blaffer
Publisher:
Belknap Press
Location:
Cambridge
Subject:
Anthropology - Cultural
Subject:
anthropology;cultural anthropology
Subject:
Psychology-Developmental - Child
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series Volume:
The Evolutionary Ori
Publication Date:
20090430
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
52 halftones
Pages:
432
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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"Synopsis" by , Mothers and Others finds the key in the primatologically unique length of human childhood. Renowned anthropologist Sarah Hrdy argues that if human babies were to survive in a world of scarce resources, they would need to be cared for, not only by their mothers but also by siblings, aunts, fathers, friends--and, with any luck, grandmothers. Out of this complicated and contingent form of childrearing, Hrdy argues, came the human capacity for understanding others. In essence, mothers and others teach us who will care, and who will not.
"Synopsis" by , 2012 W.W. Howells Book Prize, Biological Anthropology Section of the American Anthropological Association
"Synopsis" by , 2012 J.I. Staley Prize, School for Advanced Research
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