The Oxford Handbook of Women and Competition

ISBN : 9780199376377

Maryanne L. Fisher
832 Pages
178 x 254 mm
Pub date
Sep 2017
Oxford Library of Psychology
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While women are generally perceived to be less competitive than men, women compete in many ways and in a variety of situations. Women try to make themselves look more attractive to draw the attention of a desirable mate. They will use gossip as a form of informational warfare to influence reputations. They compete as mothers to gain access to resources that directly influence the health of their children. They use selfies posted on social media to manipulate others' perceptions. Women compete all of their lives: in the womb, through adolescence and adulthood, and into their elder years. The topic of women's competition has gained significant momentum over the years. Edited by Maryanne L. Fisher, The Oxford Handbook of Women and Competition provides readers with direct evidence of this growth and is one of the first scholarly volumes to focus specifically on this topic. Fisher and her team of contributors offer a definitive worldview of the current state of knowledge regarding competition among women today. Many of the chapters are grounded within an evolutionary framework, allowing for authors to investigate the adaptive nature of women's competitive behaviors, motivations, and cognition. Other chapters rely on alternative frameworks, with contributors also asserting that socio-cultural forces are the culprit shaping women's competitive drives. Additionally, several contributors focus their attention on issues faced by adolescent girls, and explore the developmental trajectories for young women through adulthood. Designed to serve as a source of inspiration for future research and direction, The Oxford Handbook of Women and Competition is a stand-out scholarly text focusing on the many competitive forces driving women today.


Section I: Introduction
Chapter 1: Introduction
Maryanne L. Fisher
Section II: Theory and Overview
Chapter 2: Competition throughout Women's Lives
Bobbi Low
Chapter 3: Sexual Competition Among Women: A Review of the Theory and Supporting Evidence
Steven Arnocky & Tracy Vaillancourt
Chapter 4: Female Intrasexual Competition in Primates: Why Human's Aren't as Progressive as We Think
Nicole Scott
Section III: Social Status and Aggression
Chapter 5: Feminist and Evolutionary Perspectives of Female-Female Competition, Status Seeking, and Social Network Formation
Laurette T. Liesen
Chapter 6: Adolescent Peer Aggression and Female Reproductive Competition
Andrew C. Gallup
Chapter 7: Cooperation Drives Competition among Tsimane Women in the Bolivian Amazon
Stacey L. Rucas
Chapter 8: Competition Between Female Friends
Chenthila Nagamuthu & Elizabeth Page-Gould
Chapter 9: The Element of Surprise: Women of the Dark Triad
P. Lynne Honey
Section IV: Communication and Gossip
Chapter 10: Competitive Communication among Women: The Pretty Prevail by Means of Indirect Aggression
Grace Anderson
Chapter 11: Gossip and Competition among Women: How The Gossip Became a Woman and how Gossip Became Her Weapon of Choice
Francis T. McAndrew
Chapter 12: Women's Talk? Exploring the Relationship Between Gossip, Sex, Mate Competition, and Mate Poaching
Katelin Sutton & Megan J. Oaten
Chapter 13: Informational Warfare: Coalitional Gossiping as a Strategy for Within-Group Aggression
Nicole H. Hess
Section V: Mate Availability and Mating Relationships
Chapter 14: Do Women Compete for Mates When Men are Scarce? Sex Ratio Imbalances and Women's Mate Competition Cross-Culturally
Emily Stone
Chapter 15: Operational Sex Ratio and Female Competition: Scarcity Breeds Intensity
Haley M. Dillon, Lora E. Adair, & Gary L. Brase
Chapter 16: The Influence of Women's Mate Value on Intrasexual Competition
Maryanne L. Fisher & Ana Maria Fernandez
Chapter 17: Single and Partnered Women: Competing to Obtain and Retain High Quality Men
Gayle Brewer
Chapter 18: I'll Have Who She's Having: Mate Copying, Mate Poaching and Mate Retention
Lora E. Adair, Haley M. Dillon, & Gary L. Brase
Chapter 19: Intrasexual Mate Competition and Breakups: Who Really Wins?
Craig Morris, Melanie L. Beaussart, Chris Reiber, & Linda S. Krajewski
Section VI: Endocrinology and Psychobiological Considerations
Chapter 20: Psychobiological Responses to Competition in Women
Raquel Costa, Miguel A. Serrano, & Alicia Salvador
Chapter 21: The Endocrinology of Female Competition
Kelly Cobey, & Amanda Hahn
Chapter 22: The Effect of Fertility on Women's Intrasexual Competition
Lambrianos Nikiforidis, Ashley Rae Arsena, & Kristina M. Durante
Section VII: Health and Aging
Chapter 23: Social Aggression, Sleep and Wellbeing among Sidama Women of Rural Southwestern Ethiopia
Alissa A. Miller & Stacey L. Rucas
Chapter 24: Is Female Competition at the Heart of Reproductive Suppression and Eating Disorders?
Catherine Salmon
Chapter 25: Moderation of Female-female Competition for Matings by Competitors' Age and Parity
Melanie MacEacheron & Lorne Campbell
Section VIII: Motherhood and Family
Chapter 26: Competitive Motherhood from a Comparative Perspective
Katherine A. Valentine, Norman P. Li, & Jose C. Yong
Chapter 27: Cooperative and Competitive Mothering: From Bonding to Rivalry in the Service of Childrearing
Rosemarie I. Sokol-Chang, Rebecca L. Burch & Maryanne L. Fisher
Chapter 28: Conflicting Tastes: Conflict Between Female Family Members in Choice of Romantic Partners
Leif Edward Ottesen Kennair & Robert Biegler
Chapter 29: Darwinian Perspectives on Women's Progenicide
Alita J. Cousins & Theresa Porter
Section IX: Physical Appearance
Chapter 30: The Causes and Consequences of Women's Competitive Beautification
Danielle J. DelPriore, Marjorie L. Prokosch, & Sarah E. Hill
Chapter 31: Ravishing Rivals: Female Intrasexual Competition and Cosmetic Surgery
Shelli L. Dubbs, Ashleigh J. Kelly, & Fiona Kate Barlow
Chapter 32: Intrasexual Competition Among Beauty Pageant Contestants
Rebecca Shaiber, Laura Johnsen & Glenn Geher
Chapter 33: Fashion as a Set of Signals in Female Intrasexual Competition
Laura Johnsen & Glenn Geher
Section X: Competition in Virtual Contexts
Chapter 34: Female Virtual Intrasexual Competition and its Consequences
Jose C. Yong, Norman P. Li, Katherine A. Valentine, & April R. Smith
Chapter 35: Facebook Frenemies and Selfie-Promotion: Women and Competition in the Digital Age
Amanda E. Guitar & Rachael A. Carmen
Chapter 36: Women's Use of Computer Games to Practice Intrasexual Competition
Tami M. Meredith
Section XI: Competition in Applied Settings
Chapter 37: The Buzz on the Queen Bee and Other Characterizations of Women's Intrasexual Competition at Work
Lucie Kocum, Delphine S. Courvoisier, & Saundra Vernon
Chapter 38: Food as a Means for Female Power Struggles
Charlotte J. S. De Backer, Liselot Hudders, & Maryanne L. Fisher
Chapter 39: Evolution of Artistic and Aesthetic Propensities through Female Competitive Ornamentation
Marco A. C. Varella, Jaroslava Varella Valentova, & Ana Maria Fernandez
Chapter 40: Playing Like a Girl: Women in Competition in Sport and Physical Activity
Hayley Russell, Julia Dutove, & Lori Dithurbide
Section XII: Conclusion
Chapter 41: Conclusion
Gregory Carter & Maryanne L. Fisher

About the author: 

Maryanne L. Fisher is Full Professor in the Department of Psychology at Saint Mary's University in Halifax, Canada, and an Affiliate Faculty member at the Kinsey Institute in Indiana. She is an award-winning educator and has published over 90 journal articles spanning a variety of topics. She recently co-edited Evolution's Empress: Darwinian Perspectives on the Nature of Women for Oxford University Press.

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