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Substitute Parents: Biological and Social Perspective on Alloparenting across Human Societies
     

Substitute Parents: Biological and Social Perspective on Alloparenting across Human Societies

by Gillian Bentley, Ruth Mace
 

ISBN-10: 1845451066

ISBN-13: 9781845451066

Pub. Date: 10/02/2009

Publisher: Berghahn Books, Incorporated

From a comparative perspective, human life histories are unique and raising offspring is unusually costly: humans have relatively short birth intervals compared to other apes, childhood is long, mothers care simultaneously for many dependent children (other apes raise one offspring at a time), infant mortality is high in natural fertility/mortality populations

Overview

From a comparative perspective, human life histories are unique and raising offspring is unusually costly: humans have relatively short birth intervals compared to other apes, childhood is long, mothers care simultaneously for many dependent children (other apes raise one offspring at a time), infant mortality is high in natural fertility/mortality populations, and human females have a long post-reproductive lifespan. These features conspire to make child raising very burdensome. Mothers frequently defray these costs with paternal help (not usual in other ape species), although this contribution is not always enough. Grandmothers, elder siblings, paid allocarers, or society as a whole, help to defray the costs of childcare, both in our evolutionary past and now. Studying offspring care in a various human societies, and other mammalian species, a wide range of specialists such as anthropologists, psychologists, animal behaviorists, evolutionary ecologists, economists and sociologists, have contributed to this volume, offering new insights into and a better understanding of one of the key areas of human society.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781845451066
Publisher:
Berghahn Books, Incorporated
Publication date:
10/02/2009
Series:
Studies of the Biosocial Society , #3
Pages:
380
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Preface

Prologue

Sarah Hardy

Introduction

Gillian R. Bentley and Ruth Mace

PART I: ALLOPARENTAL STRATEGIES

Chapter 1. Biological basis of alloparental behaviour in animals

Nancy G. Solomon and Loren D. Hayes

Chapter 2. Family matters: kin, demography and child health in a rural Gambian population

Rebecca Sear and Ruth Mace

Chapter 3. Does it take a family to raise a child? Cooperative breeding in humans using the example of Maya subsistence agriculturalists

Karen L. Kramer

Chapter 4. Changing times for the Argentine Toba: Who cares for the baby now?

Claudia Valeggia

Chapter 5. Who minds the baby? Beng perspectives on mothers, neighbours, and strangers as caretakers

Alma Gottlieb

Chapter 6. Economic perspectives on alloparenting

Gillian Paull

Chapter 7. The school as parent

Berry Mayall

Chapter 8. The parenting and substitute parenting of young children

Helen Penn

Chapter 9. Adoption, adopters and adopted children

David Howe

Chapter 10. Surrogacy: The experiences of commissioning couples and surrogate mothers

Emma Lycett

PART II: THE EFFECT OF ALLOPARENTING ON CHILDREN

Chapter 11. Alloparenting in the context of HIV/AIDS in southern Africa: Complex strategies for Care

Lorraine van Blerk and Nicola Ansell

Chapter 12. Alloparenting and the ontogeny of HPA stress response among stepchildren

Mark V. Flinn

Chapter 13. Separation stress in early childhood: Harmless side effect of modern caregiving practices or risk factor for development?

Joachim Bensel

Chapter 14. Quality, quantity and type Of child care: Effects on child development in the USA

Jay Belsky

Chapter 15. 'It feels normal that other people are split up but not YOUR Mum and Dad': Divorce through the Eyes of Children

Margaret Robinson

Bibliography

Index

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