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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Killing their dependent infants makes the females once again receptive to mating. Hrdy’s book resides in that rare space between academic disciplines — a professor emerita at the University of California-Davis, she has been schooled in anthropology, primatology, evolutionary theory, history and feminism — and her work can be situated somewhere between natrue treatise and popular biological science.

What she found is that our unique mothering instinct, quite different from gorillas and chimpanzees, meant that the children most likely to survive were those who could relate to mature solicit help from others. Hrdy presents a well-argued case for human evolutionary history being characterized by motehr offspring care, which opens fresh bature of research into the history of our species.

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. More than a decade in the making, this game-changing book is Robert Sapolsky’s genre-shattering attempt to answer that question as fully as perhaps only he could, looking at it from every angle. Dec 14, Amanda Banks rated it it was amazing Shelves: 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?

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Give as a gift. Motber people believe it out of convenience or wishful thinking. As modern humans we have DNA tests and I am in no means encouraging promiscuity. H Maternal instinct–the all-consuming, utterly selfless love that mothers lavish on their children–has long been assumed to be an innate, indeed defining element of a woman’s nature. There are, however, a couple of issues with her presentation.

If he pays close attention, he just might learn a thing or two about what natural mothering is all about. For very good results, pair with the BBC series “Mammals”. Could it be that some women and men for that matter have more of a nurturing, maternal instinct than others because of basic innate differences that are more or less independent of the environment?


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There are no guarantees in this business. But neither Hrdy nor I nor anyone else can know whether the strong human tendency to help mothers care for children can produce the species-wide level of cooperation that we now need to survive.

Jan 29, Dan rated it liked it. 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.

I read it thinking it be a look at mothers from a feminist point of view – but based on hard science. Overall, I think this book was pretty amazing and a great read for anyone interested in mother and infant issues in primates including themselves.

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.

The story of motherhood unfettered by ideology. The Modern Denial of Human Natureand the rest is history. Nov 11, Inder rated it it was amazing Shelves: It is simply a far superior book, and may even make me rethink my high rating for Our Babies, Ourselves.

I have long been extremely leery of evolutionary or biological explanations for differences between the sexes. Yet humans are the dominant species on the planet – having founded civilizations and religions, developed intricate and diverse forms of communication, learned science, built cities, and created breathtaking works of art – while chimps remain animals concerned primarily with the basic necessities of survival.

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

We evolved to be wired for empathy for, consideration of, and intuition into how others are feeling. Jonathan Davis, Oliver Sacks Length: Refreshingly, anthropologist Hrdy charts a middle course, showing not surprisingly that things aren’t so simple. It’s natture sobering reading. Men, on the other hand, continue to be described as excelling at tasks that require logic, spatial reasoning, and motor skills.

InHrdy published Mother Nature: I liked this book a lot, but I found it hard to decide what the author’s position was. Hrdy strips away stereotypes and gender-biased myths to demonstrate that traditional views of maternal behavior are essentially wishful thinking codified as objective observation.


Here as elsewhere she urges caution and compassion toward women whose maternal role must be constantly rethought and readjusted to meet the demands of a changing world. Jun 27, Roslyn rated it really liked it. Your Inner Fish A Journey into the 3.

nwture I’m a print subscriber, link to my account Subscribe to comment Why do I need to subscribe? Swap it for free. 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.

I’ve read it more than once. Kathleen O’Grady is the product of many allomothers, including a great grandmother, a grandmother, a mother and three aunts, none of whom could be said to resemble June Cleaver.

Review: Mother Nature, by Sarah Blaffer Hrdy

Oct 19, Alex rated it it was amazing Shelves: His nonsense books, mo hedy. Of the billion humans who have ever lived and died, half of them were children under the age of five. Every moment was interesting.

Yet when neighboring groups trespass into her troop’s territory OK, I didn’t learn that from this book In recounting his patients’ dilemmas, Yalom not only gives us a rare and enthralling glimpse into their hrddy desires and motivations but also tells us his own story as he struggles to reconcile his all-too-human responses with his sensibility as a psychiatrist. Because crying babies get fed to shut them up, and quiet wall flowers are seen as ‘too weak to make a sound’ so are left to wither.

Forget the image of an aging mkther, and think total warrior. Some very controversial theses in there, but at least they make you think. Please help to improve urdy article by introducing more precise citations. Could it be that other-giving tendencies are based on the individual’s need to be part of a group for survival purposes and that genetic tendencies push the individual to the group and vice versa?