Baby Wars: Parenthood and Family Strife

By Robin Baker and Elizabeth Oram

A sequel to the international bestseller SPERM WARS that moves out of the bedroom and into the nursery. BABY WARS is about parenthood from conception through pregancy, to labour, baby care, adolescence and grandparenthood.

Focussing on the series of conflcits present between the mother and the father, parent and child, and between children, Robin Baker follows up on the ideas from SPERM WARS, the highly acclaimed investigation into the evolutionary biology of conception.

Discomfort of pregancy, child abuse, sibling rivalry, incest, arranged marriage, child-fostering, adoption and the trials of adolescence are all deviation from the cliched dream of the contented nuclear family. As seen by Robin Baker all these situations generate their own particular Darwinian benefits and problems. BABY WARS dramatises these events and then explains the evolutionary biological behaviour of each of the characters in the same way which brilliantly and uniquely characterised Robin Baker’s first highly acclaimed book SPERM WARS.

Format: Paperback
Release Date: 05 Feb 1998
Pages: 320
ISBN: 978-1-85702-634-4
Dr Robin Baker is a lecturer at the School of Biological Sciences at the University of Manchester. With Mark Bellis he is the author of Human Sperm Competition (Chapman & Hall, 1994) an academic treatise which establishes the scientific validity of the work and ideas contained in Sperm Wars. Elizabeth Oram has worked with Robin Baker on many occasions and has written widely for Company, New Woman, BBC Wildlife.