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Overview

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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780765808868
  • Publisher: Transaction Publishers
  • Publication date: 3/15/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 264
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

David P. Barash is professor of psychology and zoology at the University of Washington in Seattle. He has been active in the growth of sociobiology as a scientific discipline. He is the author of more than 170 technical articles and twenty books including Sociobiology and Behavior, Aging: An Exploration, Beloved Enemies: Exploring Our Need for Opponents, Making Sense of Sex: How Genes and Gender Influence Our Relationships (with Judith E. Lipton), and The Mammal in the Mirror: Understanding Our Place in the Natural World (with Ilona A. Barash).).

Judith Eve Lipton received her M.D. degree from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and completed her residency in psychiatry at the University of Washington. She is the founder and president emerita of the Washington Physicians for Social Responsibility, and Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, specializing in women's health.

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Table of Contents

Introduction to the Transaction Edition
Preface
Acknowledgments
Ch. 1 Differences 1
Ch. 2 Biological Roots 9
Ch. 3 Sex 37
Ch. 4 Violence 79
Ch. 5 Parenting 109
Ch. 6 Childhood 133
Ch. 7 Body 153
Ch. 8 Brain 173
Ch. 9 The Power to Choose 199
Endnotes 213
Index 235
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    Very powerful information.

    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.

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