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Mother Nature: Maternal Instincts and How They Shape the Human Species Paperback – September 5, 2000
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Hrdy's passion for this material is evident, and she is deeply aware of the personal stake she has here as a woman, a mother, and a professional. This highly accomplished author relies on her own extensive research background as well as the works of others in multiple disciplines (anthropology, primatology, sociobiology, psychology, and even literature). Despite the exhaustive documentation given to her conclusions (as witness the 140-plus-page notes and bibliography sections), the book unfolds in an exceptionally lucid, readable, and often humorous manner. It is a truly compelling read, highly recommended. --Katherine Ferguson --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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Motherhood, she declares, is anything but the simple mythology of unrestrained devotion. Across all Nature, mothers and their offspring wage ongoing competition. The issue is resources. Infants, all infants, demand as much as a mother can give, and more. Mothers have to support their infants, but inevitably are occupied with other responsibilities, not the least of which may be the infant's siblings. There are others beyond the mother-infant tie to which she must respond. If her species is male-dominated, she may face his abuse. Worse, she may be confronted by invasion by an outside male. In some species, that spells the doom of her infant.Read more ›
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Mostly brilliant. She over-extends her arguments at times.Published 18 months ago by Edward Gallagher
It's easy to get lost in the internet and space exploration when all we need is right here in our history. Thanks Hrdy!Published 18 months ago by Benjamin M.
Had to get this book for my antro class. It is interesting but not for me. I might take a look at it at a later point in my life.Published on December 15, 2013 by Karina
I had to read this book for a college class on animal behavior and evolution. I was pretty much dreading having to read it because it seemed like it was going to be a sappy book... Read morePublished on October 18, 2013 by deadchristmastrees
I really enjoyed this book. Some non fiction books can get really bogged down and beyond the understanding of someone who is only a bit familiar with the subject matter. Read morePublished on September 11, 2013 by Author Jane B Night
I only wish I had had this book to read when my own children were young. Sarah Hrdy is a creative and courageous explorer - how she managed to set off on her line of inquiry,... Read morePublished on September 5, 2013 by beaverkeeper
Sarah Blaffer Hrdy (born 1946) is an American anthropologist and primatologist, and is Professor Emeritus of Anthropology at the University of California at Davis, where she... Read morePublished on February 26, 2013 by Steven H Propp