Feminism and Evolutionary Biology

Boundaries, Intersections and Frontiers

  • Patricia Adair Gowaty

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxi
  2. Introduction: Darwinian Feminists and Feminist Evolutionists

  3. Feminist Biologists Looking at Feminist Evolutionary Biologists

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 19-19
    2. Anne Fausto-Sterling
      Pages 42-60
  4. Feminist Biologists Critique Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 61-61
    2. Marcy F. Lawton, William R. Garstka, J. Craig Hanks
      Pages 63-85
  5. Practical Issues: The Feminism Question in Science

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 151-151
    2. Stephen M. Shuster, Michael J. Wade
      Pages 153-183
  6. On and Beyond the Female Perspective

  7. Darwinian Feminism and Human Affairs

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 415-415
    2. Margo Wilson, Martin Daly, Joanna E. Scheib
      Pages 431-465
    3. Margo Wilson, Sarah L. Mesnick
      Pages 505-511
  8. Boundary Battles and Frontier Conflicts

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 513-513
    2. John Maynard Smith
      Pages 522-526
    3. Terry Barrett
      Pages 554-561
    4. Bernard C. Patten
      Pages 562-568
  9. Permeable Boundaries

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 583-583
    2. Jonathan K. Waage, Patricia Adair Gowaty
      Pages 585-613
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 615-623

About this book


Standing at the intersection of evolutionary biology and feminist theory is a large audience interested in the questions one field raises for the other. Have evolutionary biologists worked largely or strictly within a masculine paradigm, seeing males as evolving and females as merely reacting passively or carried along with the tide? Would our view of nature `red in tooth in claw' be different if women had played a larger role in the creation of evolutionary theory and through education in its transmission to younger generations? Is there any such thing as a feminist science or feminist methodology? For feminists, does any kind of biological determinism undermine their contention that gender roles purely constructed, not inherent in the human species? Does the study of animals have anything to say to those preoccupied with the evolution and behavior of humans? All these questions and many more are addressed by this book, whose contributing authors include leading scholars in both feminism and evolutionary biology. Bound to be controversial, this book is addressed to evolutionary biologists and to feminists and to the large number of people interested in women's studies.


Charles Darwin Darwin Feminist Methodology Feminist Theory behavior biology evolution evolutionary biology

Editors and affiliations

  • Patricia Adair Gowaty
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of Ecology and Women’s Studies ProgramUniversity of GeorgiaAthensUSA

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