Male, Female: The Evolution of Human Sex Differences / Edition 2

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Overview

"Why do girls tend to earn better grades in school than boys? Why are men still far more likely than women to earn degrees in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics? And why are men on average more likely than women to be injured in accidents and fights? These and many other questions are the subject of both informal investigation in the media and formal investigation in academic and scientific circles." "In his landmark book Male, Female: The Evolution of Human Sex Differences, author David C. Geary provided the first comprehensive evolutionary model to explain human sex differences. Using the principles of sexual selection such as female choice and male-male competition, Geary systematically reviewed and discussed the evolution of sex differences and their expression throughout the animal kingdom, as a means of explaining the same process in Homo sapiens." Now, over 10 years since the first edition, Geary has completed a massive update, expansion, and theoretical revision of his classic text. New findings in brain and genetic research inform a wealth of new material, including a new chapter on sex differences in patterns of life history development; expanded coverage of genetic research; fatherhood in humans; cross-cultural patterns of sex differences in choosing and competing for mates; and genetic, hormonal, and socio-cultural influences on the expression of sex differences. Finally, through his motivation to control framework, Geary presents a theoretical bridge linking parenting, mate choices, and competition with children's development and sex differences in brain and cognition. The result is an even better book than the original - a lively andnuanced application of Darwin's insight to help explain our heritage and our place in the natural world.

Disc. marriage systems, role of female & male choice, physical & social characteristics; based in primate studies.

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Geary (psychology and anthropology, U. of Missouri-Columbia) thinks culturally constructed gender roles alone cannot account for the differences in the social behavior of men and women. He turns to Darwin's theory of sexual selection as the best avenue for understanding. His main focus is how the two elements of competition between males and of females selecting mates has influenced human behavior over the centuries and across cultures. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781433806827
  • Publisher: American Psychological Association
  • Publication date: 11/15/2009
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 555
  • Sales rank: 1,132,323
  • Product dimensions: 7.20 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Exhibits, Tables, and Figures

Ch. 1 Beginnings 3

Ch. 2 Natural Selection and the Evolution of Sex 15

Ch. 3 Sexual Selection 33

Ch. 4 Sexual Selection and Life History 69

Ch. 5 Sexual Selection in Primates and During Human Evolution 109

Ch. 6 Evolution of Fatherhood 145

Ch. 7 Choosing Mates 177

Ch. 8 Competing for Mates 213

Ch. 9 Evolution and Development of the Human Mind 247

Ch. 10 Sex Differences in Infancy and at Play 283

Ch. 11 Sex Differences in Social Development 321

Ch. 12 Sex Differences in Folk Psychology 345

Ch. 13 Sex Differences in Folk Biology and Folk Physics 383

Afterword 409

References 421

Index 531

About the Author 555

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