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Sarah Hardy

Gillian R. Bentley and Ruth Mace


Chapter 1. Biological basis of alloparental behaviour in animals
Nancy G. Solomon and Loren D. Hayes

Chapter 2. Family matters: kin, demography and child health in a rural Gambian population
Rebecca Sear and Ruth Mace

Chapter 3. Does it take a family to raise a child? Cooperative breeding in humans using the example of Maya subsistence agriculturalists
Karen L. Kramer

Chapter 4. Changing times for the Argentine Toba: Who cares for the baby now?
Claudia Valeggia

Chapter 5. Who minds the baby? Beng perspectives on mothers, neighbours, and strangers as caretakers
Alma Gottlieb

Chapter 6. Economic perspectives on alloparenting
Gillian Paull

Chapter 7. The school as parent
Berry Mayall

Chapter 8. The parenting and substitute parenting of young children
Helen Penn

Chapter 9. Adoption, adopters and adopted children
David Howe

Chapter 10. Surrogacy: The experiences of commissioning couples and surrogate mothers
Emma Lycett


Chapter 11. Alloparenting in the context of HIV/AIDS in southern Africa: Complex strategies for Care
Lorraine van Blerk and Nicola Ansell

Chapter 12. Alloparenting and the ontogeny of HPA stress response among stepchildren
Mark V. Flinn

Chapter 13. Separation stress in early childhood: Harmless side effect of modern caregiving practices or risk factor for development?
Joachim Bensel

Chapter 14. Quality, quantity and type Of child care: Effects on child development in the USA
Jay Belsky

Chapter 15. 'It feels normal that other people are split up but not YOUR Mum and Dad': Divorce through the Eyes of Children
Margaret Robinson


List of Tables List of Figures Prologue: Allomothers across Species, across Cultures, and through Time Sarah Hardy Chapter 1. The Pros and Cons of Substitute Parenting: An Overview Gillian R. Bentley and Ruth Mace PART I: ALLOPARENTAL STRATEGIES Chapter 2. The Biological Basis of Alloparental Behaviour in Mammals Nancy G. Solomon and Loren D. Hayes Chapter 3. Family Matters: Kin, Demography and Child Health in a Rural Gambian Population Rebecca Sear and Ruth Mace Chapter 4. Does It Take a Family to Raise a Child? Cooperative Breeding and the Contributions of Maya Siblings, Parents and Older Adults in Raising Children Karen L. Kramer Chapter 5. Flexible Caretakers: Responses of Toba Families in Transition Claudia R. Valeggia Chapter 6. Who Minds the Baby? Beng Perspectives on Mothers, Neighbours and Strangers as Caretakers Alma Gottlieb Chapter 7. Economic Perspectives on Alloparenting Gillian Paull Chapter 8. The School as Alloparent Berry Mayall Chapter 9. Th e Parenting and Substitute Parenting of Young Children Helen Penn Chapter 10. Adoption, Adopters and Adopted Children: An Evolutionary Perspective David Howe Chapter 11. Surrogacy: Th e Experiences of Commissioning Couples and Surrogate Mothers Emma Lycett PART II: The Effect of Alloparenting on Children Chapter 12. Alloparenting in the Context of AIDS in Southern Africa: Complex Strategies for Care Lorraine van Blerk and Nicola Ansell Chapter 13. Alloparental Care and the Ontogeny of Glucocorticoid Stress Response among Stepchildren Mark V. Flinn and David Leone Chapter 14. Separation Stress in Early Childhood: Harmless Side Effect of Modern Care-giving Practices or Risk Factor for Development? Joachim Bensel Chapter 15. Quality, Quantity and Type of Childcare: Effects on Child Development in the U.S. Jay Belsky Chapter 16. 'It feels normal that other people are split up but not your Mum and Dad': Divorce through the Eyes of Children Margaret Robinson, Lesley Scanlan and Ian Butler Glossary List of Contributors Index

About the Author

Gillian Bentley is a biological anthropologist and reproductive ecologist and a Royal Society Research Fellow at University College London. Her prior work focused on explaining why different human populations occupying a range of environments have varying levels of reproductive hormones. She now directs projects that interface with reproduction and reproductive health, working with the migrant Bangladeshi community in London. Recent publications include Infertility in the Modern World: Present and Future Prospects, edited with C.G.N. Mascie-Taylor (Cambridge University Press, 2000).


"[This book] brings together high-quality papers from many different fields: endocrinology, evolutionary biology, demography, economics, psychology, sociology, anthropology... It can be seen as a practical tool for researchers in the field, and it provides a large amount of data across a wide range of populations and helps to find a common ground between theories emerging from different fields. It is the kind of book that will never end up in the last dusty row of your shelves because you will continually refer to it, picking up here and there empirical and theoretical data for the next decades." * BioOne. Research Evolved

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