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The Oxford Handbook of Sexual Conflict in Humans

Edited by Todd K. Shackelford and Aaron T. Goetz

Volume 1, issue Published in print January 2012 | ISBN: 9780195396706
Published online November 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780195396706.001.0001

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

The Oxford Handbook of Sexual Conflict in Humans

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Sexual conflict—what happens when the reproductive interests of males and females diverge—occurs in all sexually reproducing species, including humans. This book is the first volume to assemble the latest theoretical and empirical work on sexual conflict in humans from the leading scholars in the fields of evolutionary psychology and anthropology. Following an introductory section that outlines theory and research on sexual conflict in humans and non-humans, ensuing sections discuss human sexual conflict and its manifestations before and during mating. Articles in these sections address a range of factors topics and factors, including: sexual coercion, jealousy, and partner violence and killing; the ovulatory cycle, female orgasm, and sperm competition; chemical warfare between ejaculates and female reproductive tracts. Articles in the next section address issues of sexual conflict after the birth of a child. These articles address sexual conflict as a function of the local sex ratio, men's functional (if unconscious) concern with paternal resemblance to a child, men's reluctance to pay child support, and mate expulsion as a tactic to end a relationship. The book's concluding section includes an article that considers the impact of sexual conflict on a grander scale, notably on cultural, political, and religious systems. Addressing sexual conflict at its molecular and macroscopic levels, it is a resource for the study of intersexual behavior.

Keywords: sexual conflict; reproductive interests; sexually reproducing species; evolutionary psychology; mating; sexual coercion; jealousy; partner violence; ovulatory cycle; female orgasm

Book.  384 pages. 

Subjects: Psychology

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Sexual Conflict in Humans in The Oxford Handbook of Sexual Conflict in Humans

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Sexual Conflict in Nonhuman Animals in The Oxford Handbook of Sexual Conflict in Humans

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Sexual Conflict in Mating Strategies in The Oxford Handbook of Sexual Conflict in Humans

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Intimate Partner Violence and Life History Strategy in The Oxford Handbook of Sexual Conflict in Humans

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Romantic Jealousy and Sexual Conflict in The Oxford Handbook of Sexual Conflict in Humans

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Sexual Conflict and the Ovulatory Cycle in The Oxford Handbook of Sexual Conflict in Humans

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