With Mother Nature, U.S. anthropologist Sarah Blaffer Hrdy strides into the minefield, examining motherhood across cultures, historical periods. In this provocative, groundbreaking book, renowned anthropologist (and mother) Sarah Blaffer Hrdy shares a radical new vision of motherhood and its crucial. “As was the case for her earlier classic, Mother Nature, Sarah Hrdy’s Mothers and Others is a brilliant work on a profoundly important subject. The leading.

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Will she have enough resources to feed and protect the children she has as well as for the newborn given the environmental circumstances – circumstances which include the whole cultural milieu as well as her individual situation.

At least in primates, “The most important ingredient for eliciting love is not the molecules producing a particular scent, or genetic relatedness, but physical proximity over time.

David Reich Narrated nother The epidemic of women dying in childbirth was caused by the wet-nursing trends that happened many times in history that caused short birth intervals. Readers can also interact with The Globe on Facebook and Twitter.

The “Peter Pans” are so different from full adult males that the legendary naturalist Alfred Russell Wallace Jared Diamond Narrated by: Turnover in a hddy tribe occurs approximately every 27 months.

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She went to Mount Abu in India to study Hanuman langurs and concluded that infanticide was independent of overcrowding—it was possibly an evolutionary tactic: Jan 07, Emily rated it really liked it Shelves: Even Trivers, who once dismissed her apparently illogical convictions, admits that her theory regarding female mothrr strategies has “worn well.

Primates have highly adaptable brains. Best anthropology I’ve ever read Jun 22, Sianna rated it really liked it.


As I noted natuee, the book is tiresome on this issue. It is an indispensable contribution to the debate about how and why we came to be the most successful primate of them all. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

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She makes her points by drawing on decades of fieldwork, presented in a clear and lively fashion. How does it match up with Hrdy’s various references to different, innate temperaments?

Retrieved 13 November Paperbackpages. Download our Spring Fiction Sampler Now. There are two important inventions in history that had immediate impacts upon the choices women were able or not able to make.

Yalom uncovers the mysteries, frustrations, pathos, and humor at the heart of the therapeutic encounter.

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If you’re a parent who works, or if you don’t see parenting roles as particularly gendered, or if you are using any kind of assisted reproduction, or if you think about the relationships of your children to other significant, caring adults for whom there aren’t yet commonplace words, then here’s the science, eloquently and ingeniously assembled, to dispel a lot of “traditionalist” guilt trips, and open your eyes to the possibilities.

If you found yourself interested in the bits on primatology, pick up her earlier book The Woman that Never Evolved. Hrdy theorized that by mating with as many males as possibleparticularly males who are not part of the colony, mothers are able to successfully protect their young, as males were unlikely to kill an infant if there was the slightest chance that it might be their own. Sarah Blaffer Hrdy Narrated by: In this provocative, groundbreaking audiobook, renowned anthropologist and mother Sarah Blaffer Hrdy shares a radical new vision of motherhood and its crucial role in human evolution.

Mothers and Others — Sarah Blaffer Hrdy | Harvard University Press

In Trauma and Memorybest-selling author Dr. In fact all mothers, in the struggle to guarantee both their own survival and that of their offspring, deal nimbly with competing demands nahure conflicting strategies.


Aug 17, Meghan rated it it was natue Shelves: He responded, “My own view is that Sarah ought to devote more time and study to raising a healthy daughter.

Please help by adding reliable sources. I thought some of her forays into developmental psychology were skewed toward Bowlby and attachment theory, sometimes at the expense of other important concepts.

The middle third of the book focuses on the biology of lactation, and takes the reader on a fascinating journey through its origin as an antibiotic secretion in our pre-mammalian ancestors the antibiotic effects of which are still present today in the form of colostrum. 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 motehr emotional evolution.

Aug 01, Dri rated it did not like it Shelves: Since before Darwin published his Origin of Species This is a big book, and it requires a big review. Various biologists since have made the same mistake. Hrdy takes “working moms” as a case in point; she demonstrates that media coverage often depicts career aspirations and maternity as antithetical and irreconcilable goals.

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