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Published: 16 May 2013

440 Pages


ISBN: 9780199609543

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A Mind Of Her Own

The evolutionary psychology of women

Second Edition

Anne Campbell

  • Addresses key feminist criticisms of evolutionary theory by addressing the effects of cultural innovations such as women's empowerment, labour force participation and the impact of reproductive medicine
  • Accessible to the informed lay person and to those from disciplines outside of evolutionary biology and psychology
  • Provides a 'female-centred' view of evolution that redresses the tendency to focus on male variation in mating success while treating females as undifferentiated in terms of their reproductive success
  • Goes beyond standard evolutionary psychology to consider the role of individual differences and the co-evolution of genes and culture
  • Opening chapter argues that ideological fervour and political correctness have led social science (especially women's studies) to underestimate the role of biology

New to this Edition:

  • Brand new coverage of oxytocin, the evolutionary conserved peptide hormone, and the role it plays in female partner-directed aggression
  • Provides an analysis of women and mental health disorders and the relationship this has with women's lower levels of aggression in relation to men
  • Includes expanded sections on sexual conflict, the individual differences between women and culture and gene-culture evolution