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Evolution and Human Sexual Behavior

Evolution and Human Sexual Behavior
Borító: Fűzött
ISBN: 9780674660007
Nyelv: angol
Méret: 15*225
Tömeg: 509 g
Oldalszám: 376
Megjelenés éve: 2016
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Evolution and Human Sexual Behavior

Few things come more naturally to us than sex—or so it would seem. Yet to a chimpanzee, the sexual practices and customs we take for granted would appear odd indeed. He or she might wonder why we bother with inconveniences like clothes, why we prefer to make love on a bed, and why we fuss so needlessly over privacy. Evolution and Human Sexual Behavior invites us into the thought-experiment of imagining human sex from the vantage point of our primate cousins, in order to underscore the role of evolution in shaping all that happens, biologically and behaviorally, when romantic passions are aroused.

Peter Gray and Justin Garcia provide an interdisciplinary synthesis that draws on the latest discoveries in evolutionary theory, genetics, neuroscience, comparative primate research, and cross-cultural sexuality studies. They are our guides through an exploration of the patterns and variations that exist in human sexuality, in chapters covering topics ranging from the evolution of sex differences and reproductive physiology to the origins of sexual play, monogamous unions, and the facts and fictions surrounding orgasm.

Intended for generally curious readers of all stripes, this up-to-date, one-volume survey of the evolutionary science of human sexual behavior explains why sexuality has remained a core fascination of human beings throughout time and across cultures.

Table of Contents
Preface
1. The Evolution of Sex, Sex Differences, and Human Sexuality
2. The Garden of Variety: Cross-Cultural Variation in Human Sexuality
3. Love and Maybe Marriage: Patterns of Pair-Bonding and Romantic Love
4. Raising Human Sexuality: Processes of Sex Differentiation and Sociosexual Expression
5. Playing at Sex: Learning, Practicing, and Developing Sociosexual Behavior in Context
6. Welcome to the Party: Puberty and Adolescent Sexual Development
7. Kinsey Takes Anatomy Class: Human Reproductive Anatomy and Physiology within Evolutionary Perspective
8. Turning the Key: Human Sexual Response and Orgasm
9. The Evolution of Baby Making: Mechanisms of Fertility, Infertility, and Variation in Fertility Outcomes
10. Born to Be Less Wild: Peripartum Shifts in Human Sexuality
11. The Sands of Time: Aging and Sexuality
12. Sexual Revolutions: Contemporary Human Sexual Practices
Acknowledgments
References
Index

Peter B. Gray is Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

Justin R. Garcia is Assistant Professor of Gender Studies and Assistant Research Scientist at the Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender, and Reproduction at Indiana University.




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