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Feminism and Evolutionary Biology: Boundaries, Intersections and Frontiers [Paperback]

by Patricia Gowaty
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January 31, 1997 0412073617 978-0412073618 Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 1997
Standing at the intersection of evolutionary biology and feminist theory is a large audience interested in the questions one field raises for the other. Have evolutionary biologists worked largely or strictly within a masculine paradigm, seeing males as evolving and females as merely reacting passively or carried along with the tide? Would our view of nature `red in tooth in claw' be different if women had played a larger role in the creation of evolutionary theory and through education in its transmission to younger generations? Is there any such thing as a feminist science or feminist methodology? For feminists, does any kind of biological determinism undermine their contention that gender roles purely constructed, not inherent in the human species? Does the study of animals have anything to say to those preoccupied with the evolution and behavior of humans? All these questions and many more are addressed by this book, whose contributing authors include leading scholars in both feminism and evolutionary biology. Bound to be controversial, this book is addressed to evolutionary biologists and to feminists and to the large number of people interested in women's studies.


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  • Paperback: 648 pages
  • Publisher: Springer; Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 1997 edition (January 31, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0412073617
  • ISBN-13: 978-0412073618
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 5.9 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,007,593 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Thank god there is hope for feminism! January 2, 2009
By Bbach
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I bought this book after taking a Women's Studies course and quite frankly was very surprised that it was more so an ideology and political agenda that has come into the psychology and science departments in American Colleges. I was very upset by this and began to seek answers in Science. Just read a little into it so far and looks like it's gonna be a good read.

I am so thankful that at least some feminists view gender roles as having some sort of basis in science and evolutionary theory and not the sole product of a social construct of conscious and collective effort my MEN the evil purveyors of the "The Patriarchy". Contemporary feminism teaches divisiveness and portrays women as the victims of men. This book is trying to get more feminist involved in at least taking a look at evolutionary theory, evolutionary psychology and evolutionary biology and human sciences. Young women are taught that science is to be mistrusted because it comes from men. If this is the case I hope young women will read the works of Prof. Sarah Blaffer Hrdy and Prof. Hellen Fisher to start to bring them back to the humans sciences. It is imperative that they do so. This book is a basic introduction that I think will ease them back into trusting science and men and humanity and stop defining themselves in the context of victims. To help find our essential nature as humans and finally that men and women arrived here together!
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