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On the Origins of Gender Inequality
Joan Huber  

$35.95 Paperback
Release Date: 8/1/2007
ISBN: 9781594513626    


176 Pages

Distributed for Paradigm Publishers



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About the Book

In our fast-paced world of technology and conveniences, the biological origins of women’s inequality can be forgotten. This book offers a richer understanding of gender inequality by explaining a key cause—women’s reproductive and lactation patterns. Until about 1900, infants nursed every fifteen minutes on average for two years because very frequent suckling prevented pregnancy. The practice evolved because it maximized infant survival. If a forager child was born before its older sibling could take part in the daily food search, the older one died. This practice persisted until the modern era because until after the discovery of the germ theory of disease, human milk was the only food certain to be unspoiled. Lactation patterns excluded women from the activities that led to political leadership. During the twentieth century the ancient mode declined and women entered the labor market en masse. Joan Huber challenges feminists toward a richer understanding of biological origins of inequality—knowledge that can help women achieve greater equality today.


About the Author(s)

Joan Huber taught at Notre Dame and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. In 1984 she became Dean of the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences at Ohio State University, retiring there as Provost in 1994. In 1990 she edited Macro-micro Linkages in Sociology (Sage: ASA Presidential Series).


Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction
Chapter 1 - Why the Search for Human Origins Stumbled
Chapter 2 - From Primates to Humans
Chapter3 - The Hominids Appear
Chapter 4 - Human Milk
Chapter 5 - Subsistence Modes and Infant Diet
Chapter 6 - The Future of Gender Inequality
References
Index
About the Author


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Related Topics

Gender Studies
Women's Studies
Sociology


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