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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We hope to have this fixed soon. In fact all mothers, in the struggle to guarantee both their own survival and that of their offspring, deal nimbly with competing demands and conflicting strategies. If she does, he is less likely to kill her natre.

Mothers had to invent different strategies for playing the game of survival and reproduction compared to their forebears.

Sarah Blaffer Hrdy

Many mistakenly assumed that she implied existence of an ‘infanticidal gene ‘ that could be conserved across primates. Of course it’s the saddest thing. I mean, we’re talking about tens of thousands of people over many years. The first was motner, which increased the amount of calories a woman could consume and thus increased her fertility.

Learn how and when to remove these template messages. Hrdy entered Harvard in to obtain a PhD.

In Mother Nature Hrdy argued that apes with the life history attributes of Homo sapiens could not have evolved unless alloparents in addition to parents had helped to care for and provision offspring, “the Cooperative Breeding Hypothesis”. Jul 26, spacehawk. This chapter of the book alone is worth the price of purchase. Have you ever wondered why mammals lick their young? Sacks brings the same humanity, poetic observation, and infectious sense of wonder that are apparent in his bestsellers Awakenings and The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat.


This is where the idea of sexual counter-strategies comes into play. Overall, I think this book was pretty amazing and a great read for anyone interested in mother and infant issues in primates including themselves. Mature the most startling discovery to come out of this new field is horizontal gene transfer HGTor the movement of genes across species lines. Click here to subscribe. Hrdy strips away stereotypes and gender-biased myths to demonstrate that traditional views of maternal behavior are essentially wishful thinking codified as objective mkther.

Comparative and Evolutionary Perspectives.

Mother Nature: Maternal Instincts and How They Shape the Human Species

Whether looking at intelligence or emotion, cognition or behavior, science has continued to tell us that men and women are fundamentally different. It also was a book that brought questions and extra Review also appears on my blog: The male who is taking over has a very small window of opportunity to pass on his genes. In the majority of reptiles, fish and insects, the mother lays her eggs and leaves her offspring to their own devices. Jun 27, Roslyn rated it really liked it.

If you want to know about the biology of motherhood, this is the book for you. Perhaps my single favorite non-fiction work.

Review: Mother Nature, by Sarah Blaffer Hrdy – The Globe and Mail

Various biologists since have made the same mistake. Refresh and try again. At this point Hrdy introduces the concept of natre ‘alloparent’. For very good results, pair with the BBC series “Mammals”.

Could it be that infants and children need to bond imprint with a caregiver, and for caregivers to do the same for dependent infants and children because that’s how the group and individuals within the group were able to survive?

But it seems to me that in out human history there were times when the people most likely to breed healthy babies were women who had many men offering some help. Why do babies pack on so much fat in that last month of pregnancy, right before they’re about to squeeze through the birth canal? There is hardly any construct more immutable in scientific discourse than the notion of “the maternal instinct. A few of the things I learned about in this book though there are many more: Open Preview See a Problem?


As Hrdy says, to be pro-life, one has to be pro-choice. The most selfless mother award has to be given to the matriphagous literally “mother-eating” spider of Australia, which breeds one time only, since her childrearing duties involve preparing her living body for consumption by her new offspring.

Sarah Blaffer Hrdy – Wikipedia

Abandoning his low profile for the life of a bully, it is Peter Pan’s turn to patrol the forest like a quarrelsome troubadour in the quest of a maiden, uttering deep roars and fighting any other adult male he meets.

A New View of Mothers. In her nuanced, stunningly original interpretation of the relationships between mothers and fathers, mothers and babies, and mothers and their social groups, Hrdy offers not only a revolutionary new meaning to motherhood but an important new understanding of human evolution. Aug 17, Meghan rated it it was amazing Shelves: 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.

I’m still skeptical about evolutionary psychology, and find the near-exclusive focus on natural selection to be somewhat reductionist Hrdy doesn’t discount the impacts of culture and temperament, but doesn’t spend much time on them.