Grandmotherhood: The Evolutionary Significance of the Second Half of Female Life (Paperback)

Grandmotherhood: The Evolutionary Significance of the Second Half of Female Life By Chris Knight (Contributions by), Camilla Power (Contributions by), Eckart Voland (Editor), Anthanasios Chasiotis (Editor), Wulf Schiefenhovel (Editor), Professor Donna Leonetti (Contributions by), Professor Dilip Nath (Contributions by), Professor Natabar Heman (Contributions by), Professor Dawn Neill (Contributions by), Professor Akiko Nosaka (Contributions by), Professor Jan Beise (Contributions by), Professor Andreas Paul (Contributions by), Professor Ruth Mace (Contributions by), Professor Rebecca Sear (Contributions by), Professor Axel Scholmerich (Contributions by), Professor Birgit Leyendecker (Contributions by), Professor Banu Citlak-Kisagun (Contributions by), Professor Amy Miller (Contributions by), Professor Robin Harwood (Contributions by), Professor Kristen Hawkes (Contributions by), Professor Nicholas Blurton Jones (Contributions by), Professor James O'Connell (Contributions by), Professor Sarah Blaffer Hrdy (Contributions by), Professor Natalia Gavrilova (Contributions by), Professor Leonid Gavrilov (Contributions by), Professor Jocelyn Scott Peccei (Contributions by), Professor Cheryl Sorenson Jamison (Contributions by), Professor Paul Jamison (Contributions by), Professor Lauren Cornell (Contributions by) Cover Image

Grandmotherhood: The Evolutionary Significance of the Second Half of Female Life (Paperback)

By Chris Knight (Contributions by), Camilla Power (Contributions by), Eckart Voland (Editor), Anthanasios Chasiotis (Editor), Wulf Schiefenhovel (Editor), Professor Donna Leonetti (Contributions by), Professor Dilip Nath (Contributions by), Professor Natabar Heman (Contributions by), Professor Dawn Neill (Contributions by), Professor Akiko Nosaka (Contributions by), Professor Jan Beise (Contributions by), Professor Andreas Paul (Contributions by), Professor Ruth Mace (Contributions by), Professor Rebecca Sear (Contributions by), Professor Axel Scholmerich (Contributions by), Professor Birgit Leyendecker (Contributions by), Professor Banu Citlak-Kisagun (Contributions by), Professor Amy Miller (Contributions by), Professor Robin Harwood (Contributions by), Professor Kristen Hawkes (Contributions by), Professor Nicholas Blurton Jones (Contributions by), Professor James O'Connell (Contributions by), Professor Sarah Blaffer Hrdy (Contributions by), Professor Natalia Gavrilova (Contributions by), Professor Leonid Gavrilov (Contributions by), Professor Jocelyn Scott Peccei (Contributions by), Professor Cheryl Sorenson Jamison (Contributions by), Professor Paul Jamison (Contributions by), Professor Lauren Cornell (Contributions by)

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By the year 2030, the average life expectancy of women in industrialized countries could reach ninety—exceeding that of men by about ten years. At the present time, postmenopausal women represent more than fifteen percent of the world’s population and this figure is likely to grow.

From an evolutionary perspective, these demographic numbers pose some intriguing questions. Darwinian theory holds that a successful life is measured in terms of reproduction. How is it, then, that a woman’s lifespan can greatly exceed her childbearing and childrearing years? Is this phenomenon simply a byproduct of improved standards of living, or do older women—grandmothers in particular—play a measurable role in increasing their family members’ biological success?

Until now, these questions have not been examined in a thorough and comprehensive manner. Bringing togethertheoretical and empirical work byinternationally recognized scholars in anthropology, psychology, ethnography, and the social sciences, Grandmotherhood explores the evolutionary purpose and possibilities of female post-generative life. Students and scholars of human evolution, anthropology, and even gerontology will look to this volume as a major contribution to the current literature in evolutionary studies.

Eckart Voland is a professor of biophilosophy at the Institute of Philosophy and Foundations of Science at the University of Giessen in Germany.

Athanasios Chasiotis is an associate professor at the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences at Tilburg University, the Netherlands.

Wulf Schiefenhövel is the head of the human ethology group, Max-Planck-Institute, Andechs/Seewiesen in Germany and a professor of medical psychology and ethnomedicine at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University in Munich.
Product Details ISBN: 9780813571416
ISBN-10: 0813571413
Publisher: Rutgers University Press
Publication Date: August 10th, 2005
Pages: 354
Language: English
"An important contribution to the literature, not just on grandmothers, but on human evolution generally. This edited volume provides a forum in which a rapidly developing view of human evolution can coalesce."
— Lee Cronk