Gender Gap: The Biology of Male-Female Differences / Edition 1

Gender Gap: The Biology of Male-Female Differences / Edition 1

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by David P. Barash, Judith Eve Lipton, Judith Eve Lipton
     
 

ISBN-10: 0765808862

ISBN-13: 9780765808868

Pub. Date: 10/29/2001

Publisher: Transaction Publishers

Let's face it, say Barash and Lipton: Males and females, boys and girls, men and women are different. To be sure, these differences are often heightened by distinctions in learning, cultural tradition, and social expectation, but underpinning them all is a fundamental difference that derives from biology. Throughout the natural world, males are those

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Let's face it, say Barash and Lipton: Males and females, boys and girls, men and women are different. To be sure, these differences are often heightened by distinctions in learning, cultural tradition, and social expectation, but underpinning them all is a fundamental difference that derives from biology. Throughout the natural world, males are those creatures that make sperm; females make eggs. The oft-noticed "gender gap" derives, in turn, from this "gamete gap." In Gender Gap, Barash and Lipton (husband and wife, professor and physician, biologist and psychiatrist) explain the evolutionary aspects of male-female differences.

After describing the theory underlying the evolutionary explanation of male-female differences-in accessible, lay-person's language-they show how it applies to specific examples of animal behavior. Then, they demonstrate comparable male-female differences in the behavior of human beings cross-culturally, as well as within the United States. Barash and Lipton apply this approach to male-female differences in sexual inclinations, propensities for violence, parenting styles, and childhood experiences. They invoke much work within the traditional social sciences, such as psychology, anthropology, and sociology, which have typically ignored biological factors in the past.

Part of the highly successful revolution in scientific thought has been the recognition that evolutionary insights can illuminate behavior, no less than anatomy and physiology. This new discipline, sometimes called "sociobiology" or "evolutionary psychology," promises to help us make sense of ourselves and of our most significant others, shedding new light on what it means to be male or female. Now available in paperback with a new introduction by the authors, this accessible volume integrates work from a variety of fields, applying a new paradigm to research on gender differences.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780765808868
Publisher:
Transaction Publishers
Publication date:
10/29/2001
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
242
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction to the Transaction Editionvii
Prefacexiii
Acknowledgmentsxvii
Chapter 1Differences1
Chapter 2Biological Roots9
Chapter 3Sex37
Chapter 4Violence79
Chapter 5Parenting109
Chapter 6Childhood133
Chapter 7Body153
Chapter 8Brain173
Chapter 9The Power to Choose199
Endnotes213
Index235

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This book give you an Idea of how the human Mind Work. And it open your mind to a hold new way off looking at this wolrd. It will change your life.