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Sex Differences: Developmental and Evolutionary Strategies 1st Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0124874602
ISBN-10: 0124874606
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"...is a very useful as a reference work, one a reader can use to find out what has been said on a particular topic... useful for the professors as well as the students."

"Mealey's contribution is an authoritative, well-written, and useful textbook for advanced undergraduate students in the biological and social sciences, as well as for scientistst who want to become familiar with recent research on sex differences in human sociobiology."

"...Linda Mealey's excellent textbook... the first and most comprehensive scientific book on sex differences... It should be a shame to conduct seminars or other courses in the future, and to ignore this book. For those who are familiar with evolutionary views it will be a must."

"This highly informative, compelling and readable treatment of how males and females differ in their physical characteristics, mating strategies and parenting behaviors will forever change the way all of us think about why we are the way that we are."
-PROFESSOR ROBERT HINDE, Cambridge University

"The layout is very reader-friendly, and Mealey's strong prose is exceptionally engaging, suggesting a fine sense of irony, a strong intellect, and a very broad knowledge of her subject matter. The book is a pleasure to read throughout. From the student's perspective, it is the perfect textbook... In summary, Sex Differences surpasses all earlier attempts at reaching the text book market in the field of evolutionary behavioral studies."

"Linda Mealey, professor of psychology at the College of St. Benedict, St. Joseph, Minnesota, has written a graduate-level textbook. The book contains three parts. The first-"Theory"-would be better labeled "Basics," since it offers not only a superb overview of core concepts of selection and evolution, but also much empirical material on nonhuman species... The amount of literature reviewed for the book is vast... Mealey's text includes numerous well-chosen cartoons that lighten up the dense and information-laden text."

"...Linda Mealey is right on the mark... in her well-conceived and well-executed upper-division textbook on sex differences... Overall, the book is very good. It is usefully illustrated, has a good glossary, and is written in a laudably clear, organized, and engaging style. Mealey also shows great sensitivity to the political issues raised by her subject matter and is able to treat a wide array of implications and misconceptions while maintaining an objective tone."

From the Back Cover

Sex Differences serves as an advanced text for courses in evolutionary and human biology, psychology, and sexuality and gender studies. It also serves as a reference source for academic professionals in these disciplines. The book covers sex differences and sexual strategies in nonhuman and human animals. The final chapter addresses issues of sex and gender in interpersonal relationships, organizations, and politics. Diagrams, graphs, charts, and tables illustrate key concepts; cartoons and photos provide visual breaks and an element of humor.
Key Features
* Examines sexual differences from a multilevel comparative approach
* Generously illustrated with cartoons, photos, figures, and diagrams
* Invites bonus learning with special interest boxes interspersed throughout text
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Academic Press; 1 edition (April 17, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0124874606
  • ISBN-13: 978-0124874602
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 7.8 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,993,574 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on September 21, 2001
Format: Hardcover
This is an excellent, clearly written, well-organized scholarly review of sex differences. The author takes a broad look at the topic, which makes the book useful for a broad range of readers: biologists, psychologists, medical practitioners, ecologists, clinicians,counselors, and the well-informed general reader. The clear writing style and careful review of the literature make this a very accessible and informative book.
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good book very informative. found it when researching human evolved sexuality for a research paper in an anthropology class, but bought it for me.
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