Moederschap - een natuurlijke geschiedenis
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Ze beziet de dieren, de menselijke moeders en overige verzorgers en de behoefte van de baby. Hoe zijn deze geëvolueerd?
De uiteindelijke conclusie ten aanzien van kinderen luidt: ja, ze hebben zorg nodig, liefde en aandacht, maar niet noodzakelijkerwijs van hun eigen moeder en die zeker niet 24 uur per dag.
Dit exemplaar gaat nu terug naar mijn zusje, van wie ik hem had geleend.
Met een sterke aanbeveling erbij! Ze heeft hem nog niet gelezen.
Van Amazon: Mother Nature: A History of Mothers, Infants, and Natural Selection should be required reading for anyone who happens to be a human being. In it, Hrdy reveals the motivations behind some of our most primal and hotly contested behavioral patterns--those concerning gender roles, mate choice, sex, reproduction, and parenting--and the ideas and institutions that have grown up around them. She unblinkingly examines and illuminates such difficult subjects as control of reproductive rights, infanticide, "mother love," and maternal ambition with its ever-contested companions: child care and the limits of maternal responsibility. Without ever denying personal accountability, she points out that many of the patterns of abuse and neglect that we see in cultures around the world (including, of course, our own) are neither unpredictable nor maladaptive in evolutionary terms. "Mother" Nature, as she points out, is not particularly concerned with what we call "morality." The philosophical and political implications of our own deeply-rooted behaviors are for us to determine--which can be done all the better with the kind of understanding gleaned from this exhaustive work.
Hrdy's passion for this material is evident, and she is deeply aware of the personal stake she has here as a woman, a mother, and a professional. This highly accomplished author relies on her own extensive research background as well as the works of others in multiple disciplines (anthropology, primatology, sociobiology, psychology, and even literature). Despite the exhaustive documentation given to her conclusions (as witness the 140-plus-page notes and bibliography sections), the book unfolds in an exceptionally lucid, readable, and often humorous manner. It is a truly compelling read, highly recommended. --Katherine Ferguson