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The Resource The war of the sexes : how conflict and cooperation have shaped men and women from prehistory to the present, Paul Seabright

The war of the sexes : how conflict and cooperation have shaped men and women from prehistory to the present, Paul Seabright

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The war of the sexes : how conflict and cooperation have shaped men and women from prehistory to the present
Title
The war of the sexes
Title remainder
how conflict and cooperation have shaped men and women from prehistory to the present
Statement of responsibility
Paul Seabright
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
As countless love songs, movies, and self-help books attest, men and women have long sought different things. The result? Seemingly inevitable conflict. Yet we belong to the most cooperative species on the planet. Isn't there a way we can use this capacity to achieve greater harmony and equality between the sexes? In The War of the Sexes, Paul Seabright argues that there is--but first we must understand how the tension between conflict and cooperation developed in our remote evolutionary past, how it shaped the modern world, and how it still holds us back, both at home and at work. Drawing on biology, sociology, anthropology, and economics, Seabright shows that conflict between the sexes is, paradoxically, the product of cooperation. The evolutionary niche--the long dependent childhood--carved out by our ancestors requires the highest level of cooperative talent. But it also gives couples more to fight about. Men and women became experts at influencing one another to achieve their cooperative ends, but also became trapped in strategies of manipulation and deception in pursuit of sex and partnership. In early societies, economic conditions moved the balance of power in favor of men, as they cornered scarce resources for use in the sexual bargain. Today, conditions have changed beyond recognition, yet inequalities between men and women persist, as the brains, talents, and preferences we inherited from our ancestors struggle to deal with the unpredictable forces unleashed by the modern information economy. Men and women today have an unprecedented opportunity to achieve equal power and respect. But we need to understand the mixed inheritance of conflict and cooperation left to us by our primate ancestors if we are finally to escape their legacy
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DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Seabright, Paul
Dewey number
306.709
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
BF692
LC item number
.S345 2012
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Sex (Psychology)
  • Sex differences (Psychology)
  • Interpersonal relations
  • Men
  • Women
Label
The war of the sexes : how conflict and cooperation have shaped men and women from prehistory to the present, Paul Seabright
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Contents
Introduction -- Sex and salesmanship -- Seduction and the emotions -- Social primates -- Testing for talent -- What do women want? -- Coalitions of the willing -- The scarcity of charm -- The tender war
Control code
ocn761851055
Dimensions
25 cm.
Extent
xi, 241 p.
Isbn
9780691133010
Isbn Type
(hbk. : alk. paper)
Lccn
2011053122
Other control number
7252954
Other physical details
ill.
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780691133010
  • (OCoLC)761851055
Label
The war of the sexes : how conflict and cooperation have shaped men and women from prehistory to the present, Paul Seabright
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Contents
Introduction -- Sex and salesmanship -- Seduction and the emotions -- Social primates -- Testing for talent -- What do women want? -- Coalitions of the willing -- The scarcity of charm -- The tender war
Control code
ocn761851055
Dimensions
25 cm.
Extent
xi, 241 p.
Isbn
9780691133010
Isbn Type
(hbk. : alk. paper)
Lccn
2011053122
Other control number
7252954
Other physical details
ill.
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780691133010
  • (OCoLC)761851055

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