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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In this provocative, groundbreaking book, renowned anthropologist and mother Sarah Blaffer Hrdy shares a Other editions – View all Mother Nature: Retrieved 14 November The first half of Mother Nature assesses the most recent findings on motherhood from the animal kingdom most of this groundbreaking research, interestingly, undertaken by female scientists. Levine PhD, Bessel A. There is further discussion of sexual genetic competition among a variety of species, from humans, kangaroos, and reptiles, to house flies and wasps.

Why do babies pack on so hrxy fat in that last month of pregnancy, right before they’re about to squeeze through the birth canal? Dec 14, Amanda Banks rated it it was amazing Shelves: However, as she notes, “Working mothers are not new. References to this book Grandmotherhood: The best part is the way that huge amounts of not-always-straightforward biological data are presented with ease and charm. Above all, it challenges the pervasively sexist tradition within evolutionary psychology, which routinely highlights aggression and maternal care at the expense of sociability and shared care.

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In this provocative, groundbreaking book, renowned anthropologist and mother Sarah Blaffer Hrdy shares a radical new vision of motherhood and its crucial role in human evolution. The story of motherhood unfettered by ideology. Birth spacing dramatically decreased from once every years, to once every years or sooner. All human animals should read this book about real natufe Victorianized maternal nature.

Mothers and Others

As I noted above, the book is tiresome on this issue. However, for anyone interested in history, anthropology or parenting in the more theoretical sense: John’s legacies have left their mark on school’s history”.


We need a new definition of what heredity is and, through Carl Zimmer’s lucid exposition and storytelling, this resounding tour de force delivers it. How does it match up with Hrdy’s various references to different, innate temperaments? The concept does a lot of work in her theory of mother-infant coevolution, especially as it relates to why infants are born so fat, why their cognitive development is so rapid, and the existence of menopause.

Retrieved 13 November 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.

Jun 27, Roslyn rated it really liked it. One fact alone emerges as absolute in Hrdy’s exhaustive inter-species research: Facts On File, Inc. 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: Then when nursemaids became all the rage, women got to have even more children because they stopped breast-feeding.

This book was easy to understand and everything was explained in layman terms. Nov 11, Inder rated it it was amazing Shelves: Hrdy talks about differences in phenotypic expression among identical twins, but there are ample studies about how genotypic expression is remarkably the same among identical twins regardless of the environment.

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 and solicit help from others.

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? Hrdy suggests that females in ancestral hunting and gathering groups may have thrived because they were free to be flexible in this way. Essential but never essentialist reading for true scholars of human nature. Or mother is cruel, nature is not mother?

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What is it about that two percent difference in DNA that has created such a divergence between evolutionary cousins? Best anthropology I’ve ever read Whether you are an anthropology buff or a spiritualist you should read this. We spontaneously look for features in a baby’s face to match the father as if we’re trying to confirm paternity, because the baby’s maternity is never in doubt.


The demands of raising our slow-growing and energetically expensive offspring led to cooperative child-rearing, she argues, which was key to our survival. Another potential issue with Hrdy’s presentation is the implicit assumption of her “parental investment theory” that maternal instinct expression depends on environmental circumstances.

She makes her points by drawing on decades of fieldwork, presented in a clear and lively fashion. InMothers and Otherstogether with earlier work, earned Hrdy the National Academy’s Award for Scientific Reviewing in honor of her “insightful and visionary synthesis of a broad range of data and concepts from across the social and biological sciences to illuminate the importance of biosocial processes among mothers, infants, and other social actors in forming the evolutionary crucible of human societies.

Mother Nature: Maternal Instincts and How They Shape the Human Species by Sarah Blaffer Hrdy

We’re capable of immense feats of learning. Perhaps my single favorite non-fiction work. Treat others as you wish to be treated Criticize ideas, not people Stay on topic Avoid the use of toxic and offensive hrd Flag bad behaviour Comments that violate our community guidelines will be removed. I thought some of her forays into developmental psychology were skewed toward Bowlby and attachment theory, sometimes at the expense of other important concepts.

But those are aggressive, competitive metaphors, and one of the essential points of Mothers and Others is that aggression and competition have been given far too central a place in the standard accounts of how our species came into being. In the mids, scientists began using DNA sequences to reexamine the history of all life.

It stands above most other examples of the genre, however, for both its scholarship and its craft.