Mother Nature Maternal Instincts and How They Shape the Human Species

ISBN-10: 0345408934
ISBN-13: 9780345408938
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List price: $22.00
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 9/5/2000
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 752
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 1.914
Language: English

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.

Sarah Blaffer Hrdy is Professor Emerita of Anthropology at University of California�e"Davis.

Preface
Look to the Animals
Motherhood as a Minefield
A New View of Mothers
Underlying Mysteries of Development
Unimaginable Variation
The Variable Environments of Evolutionary Relevance
Mothers and Allomothers
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
An Infant's-Eye View
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
Of Human Bondage
Alternate Paths of Development
Devising Better Lullabies
Notes
Acknowledgments
Bibliography
Index

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