Visit our Christmas Gift Finder
The Caveman Mystique: Pop-Darwinism and the Debates Over Sex, Violence, and Science (Hardback)
  • The Caveman Mystique: Pop-Darwinism and the Debates Over Sex, Violence, and Science (Hardback)
zoom

The Caveman Mystique: Pop-Darwinism and the Debates Over Sex, Violence, and Science (Hardback)

(author)
£115.00
Hardback 176 Pages / Published: 20/12/2007
  • We can order this

Usually dispatched within 3 weeks

  • This item has been added to your basket

Has evolution made men promiscuous skirt chasers? Pop-Darwinian claims about men's irrepressible heterosexuality have become increasingly common, and increasingly common excuses for men's sexual aggression. The Caveman Mystique traces such claims about the hairier sex through evolutionary science and popular culture. After outlining the social and historical context of the rise of pop-Darwinism's assertions about male sexuality and their appeal to many men, Martha McCaughey shows how evolutionary discourse can get lived out as the biological truth of male sexuality.

Although evolutionary scientists want to use their theories to solve social problems, evolutionary narratives get invoked by men looking for a Darwinian defense of bad-boy behaviors. McCaughey argues that evolution has nearly replaced religion as a moral guide for understanding who we are and what we must overcome to be good people.

Bringing together insights from the fields of science studies, body studies, feminist theory and queer theory, The Caveman Mystique offers a fresh understanding of science, science popularization, and the impact of science on men's identities making a convincing case for deconstructing, rather than defending, the caveman.

Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
ISBN: 9780415934749
Number of pages: 176
Weight: 340 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 17 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

"The Caveman Mystique sits at the intersection of feminism, cultural studies, science studies, and sociology of the body. As such, it would be an excellent monograph to assign in a class addressing any of these or their intersections. More generally, HBE logic, whether we want it to or not, infuses all of our classrooms. In this sense, we all have an opportunity to question "the [exclusive] right of scientists to comment on complex cultural practices" (p. 128) and to insist on the importance of feminist sociological contributions. For anyone who desires to do so, this book is an excellent way to catch up on the politics and poetics of this compelling and pervasive mythology." -- Lisa Wade, Gender and Society, April 2008

"...McCaughey seeks to shift our understanding of science from a practice and methodology evaluated by objective standards to a cultural discourse influences by social relations and power." --Feminist Collections, Vol. 29, No. 3-4, Summer-Fall 2008

You may also be interested in...

What Would Boudicca Do?
Added to basket
£9.99   £7.99
Hardback
Born Lippy
Added to basket
£20.00   £15.99
Hardback
The Skills
Added to basket
£16.99
Hardback
A History of the World in 21 Women
Added to basket
£16.99   £14.99
Hardback
Stories for Boys Who Dare to be Different
Added to basket
We Should All Be Feminists
Added to basket
Work Like a Woman
Added to basket
£12.99
Hardback
Good Night Stories For Rebel Girls 2
Added to basket
Let Her Fly
Added to basket
£14.99
Hardback
Women Who Run With The Wolves
Added to basket
Bloody Brilliant Women
Added to basket
£20.00   £16.99
Hardback
Becoming
Added to basket
£25.00   £12.50
Hardback
The Descent of Man
Added to basket
Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls
Added to basket
The Guilty Feminist
Added to basket
£14.99   £11.99
Hardback

Reviews

Please sign in to write a review

Your review has been submitted successfully.