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Warriors and Worriers: The Survival of the Sexes by [Joyce F. Benenson, Henry Markovits]

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Warriors and Worriers: The Survival of the Sexes 1st Edition, Kindle Edition

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I enjoyed the book for its lively style and delightful examples of children's play. ― Focus

Warriors and Worriers covers a fascinating array of research studies for interested readers to follow up on. The book is accessible and discussion-provoking well suited for undergraduate courses, or for anyone looking for an alternative (yet complementary) point of view to the usual stance on the evolution of human sex differences. ― Kristin Liv Rauch, University of California, The Quarterly Review of Biology --This text refers to the hardcover edition.

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"Brave, thoroughly documented, and written with unusual clarity, Warriors and Worriers explains more about the fundamentals of gender differences - and the meaning of human nature - than a library of conventional social science." -- E. O. Wilson, University Research Professor Emeritus, Harvard University "Warriors and Worriers is a fascinating look at male-female differences through a sociobiological lens. Benenson's thought-provoking analysis considers a wide range of influences - biological, psychological and sociological - that illuminate the developmental forces shaping males into warriors and females into worriers. The book is a lively read nicely balancing scholarly evidence and insight with intriguing anecdotal speculation. Everyone may not agree with Benenson's conclusions, but I imagine all will find them provocative." -- Donald J. Campbell, Professor of Management & Leadership, United States Military Academy "We have been lead to believe that girls are empathetic creatures who value female friendship above all else and that boys are competitive beasts unable to form deep and lasting bonds with other males. In Warriors and Worriers, Benenson and Markovits formidably demonstrate that girls are, in fact, designed by evolution to compete with each other for reproductive resources while boys are designed to form tightly knit and forgiving groups to defend collectively their reproductive assets. We have ignored this truth that we see every day in play groups, at schools, in board rooms, and at faculty meetings. But now we have Warriors and Worriers to explain in conversational language what made life so hard as teenagers and what haunts us as adults - that girls and women are really the competitive ones while boys and men are actually very good at being social. What an amazing paradigm shift, and one that makes so much sense." -- Meredith Small, Professor of Anthropology, Cornell University "We all know men and women are different. In Warriors and Worriers, Joyce Benenson tells us the ultimate reason why they are. Men and women have evolved and developed different psychologies, men to identify enemies and defend against them and women to care for and worry about their children. In this highly readable and authoritative book, Benenson shows how biology and environment interact over the life span to produce male and female minds and why -- not just how -- men and women are different. This is an important book for anyone interested in sex differences, and admit it, we all are." -- David F. Bjorklund, Professor of Psychology, Florida Atlantic University "Benenson (psychology, Emmanuel Coll.) argues for innate behavioral differences between men and women. She organizes these differences under two umbrella categories called warriors and worriers. Benenson suggests that these demeanors contribute to our survival and have over time become encoded in our genes. Benenson fuels the debate on whether gender differences in behavior are constructed or biological. Her argument is based upon observations of early childhood across cultures as well as primate studies. The critiques appear universal, and Benenson, working within the school of evolutionary psychology, provides a possible explanation. Recommended for readers interested in gender studies. -Scott Vieira, Sam Houston State Univ. Lib., Library Journal "Warriors and Worriers covers a fascinating array of research studies for interested readers to follow up on. The book is accessible and discussion-provoking -- well suited for undergraduate courses, or for anyone looking for an alternative (yet complementary) point of view to the usual stance on the evolution of human sex differences." --Kristin Liv Rauch, The Quarterly Review of Biology --This text refers to the hardcover edition.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B00HO6WT3O
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Oxford University Press; 1st edition (8 January 2014)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 2050 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 288 pages
  • Page numbers source ISBN ‏ : ‎ B01L9E4COU
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Joyce Benenson is a professor of Psychology at Emmanuel College in Boston and an Associate Member of the Human Evolutionary Biology department at Harvard University. She has studied children's interactions since she was 19 as an undergraduate at Duke University. After obtaining her Ph.D. from Harvard University in 1988, she was a post-doc at Radcliffe College, an assistant professor at the University of Hartford, an assistant/associate professor at McGill University in Montreal, Canada, and a reader in Ethology at the University of Plymouth in England before her current positions.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing look at men (boys) versus women (girls), but needs more evidence
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