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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Once you’ve started, it is difficult to put this book down. This was not one of those books. And as many as perhaps a third to a half of them died as the result of maternal choice to terminate investment in one child over another. In Hrdy co-edited Infanticide: Will she have enough resources to feed and protect the children she has as well as for the newborn naturf the environmental circumstances – circumstances which include the whole cultural milieu as well as he All human animals should read this book about real not Victorianized maternal nature.

Jan 07, Emily rated it really liked it Shelves: Langur monkeys provide a particularly vivid example of old females who become simultaneously more self-sacrificing and heroic as they age.

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Read, highlight, and nahure notes, across web, tablet, and phone. Her thought-provoking book will interest students, specialists, and general readers alike and should focus attention on the neglected roles of mothers and others within human evolutionary theory. It also was a book that brought questions and extra Review also appears on my blog: Mothers and Others is a heroic contribution to this quest. A favorite from by undergraduate days.


This biography of a living person needs additional citations for verification. When an outside male takes over a group, he usually proceeds to kill all infants.

Brain was right about women practicing infanticide and abandonment throughout history; turns out they pretty much always have, and have constructed many religious and folklore beliefs that let them see it not as a criminal act or something they were directly responsible for, and considering it a monstrous criminal act is fairly recent. Sapolsky’s acclaimed and successful Hrsy Zebras Don’t Get Ulcers features new chapters on how stress affects sleep and addiction, as well as new insights into anxiety and personality disorder and the impact of spirituality on managing stress.

Where do we get our motherly instinct???? Throughout history, women have often chosen to remain childless; they may nzture for abortion over childbearing, adoption over childrearing, a wet nurse over breastfeeding.

Sep 05, Pages. This is where the concept of allomothering comes in—relatives other than the mother, such as the father, grandparents, and older siblings, as well as genetically unrelated helpers, such as nannies, nurses, and child care groups, who spend time with an infant, leaving the mother with more free time to meet her own needs.

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She discusses how mothers are continually making trade-offs between quality and quantity” and weighing the best possible actions for them and their infant.

Mothers and Others — Sarah Blaffer Hrdy | Harvard University Press

Women who are just barely getting by on subsistence level of calories can have their ovulation suppressed by a constantly suckling infant or baby. She has been selected as one of the 21 Leaders in Animal Behavior John’s legacies have left their mark on school’s history”. Whether looking at intelligence or emotion, cognition or behavior, science has continued to tell us that men and women are fundamentally different.


At this point Hrdy introduces the concept of an ‘alloparent’. The two orangutan body type or morphs are characterized by utterly different patterns of growth and reproduction; year after tear, the same males get classified as adolescents–in some naature, for as long as twenty years.

Looking for More Great Reads? We spontaneously look for features in a baby’s face to match the father naturf if we’re trying to confirm paternity, because the nautre maternity is never in doubt. But a huge wave of research is now revealing an alternative version of what we thought we knew.

But if, one day, the dominant male disappears, the Peter Pan male undergoes a transformation: Hrdy says there’s no pure genotype because genotypes always get expressed within a context. The goal of the male langur is to maximize the proportion of his offspring and, according to Hrdy, a male who attacks his own offspring is rapidly selected against. A captivating and thought-provoking study. As Hrdy argues, far from being “selfless,” successful primate mothers have always combined nurturing with ambition, mother love with sexual love, ambivalence with devotion.

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