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Kin selection and male androphilia : sociocultural influences on the expression of kin-directed altruism

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dc.contributor.advisor Vasey, Paul
dc.contributor.author Abild, Miranda L
dc.date.accessioned 2012-11-01T22:53:02Z
dc.date.available 2012-11-01T22:53:02Z
dc.date.issued 2012
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10133/3213
dc.description ix, 81 leaves ; 29 cm en_US
dc.description.abstract The Kin Selection Hypothesis proposes that the genes associated with male androphilia (i.e., sexual attraction/arousal to adult males) may be maintained over evolutionary time if the fitness costs of not reproducing directly are offset by increasing one’s indirect fitness. Theoretically, this could be accomplished by allocating altruism toward kin which would increase the recipient’s ability to survive and reproduce. Evidence for this hypothesis has been garnered through research conducted in Samoa however, no support has been garnered from research conducted in more industrialized cultures (i.e., USA, UK, Japan). In this thesis, I use a Canadian population to examine: (1) the role geographic proximity plays in the expression of androphilic male avuncularity and (2) whether androphilic males direct altruism toward the children of friends who might represent proxies for nieces and nephews in more industrialized cultures. Other sociocultural factors that potentially influence the expression of androphilic male avuncularity are also discussed. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Lethbridge, Alta. : University of Lethbridge, c2012 en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Thesis (University of Lethbridge. Faculty of Arts and Science) en_US
dc.subject Transgender people -- Samoa en_US
dc.subject Transgender people -- Canada en_US
dc.subject Gay men -- Samoa en_US
dc.subject Gay men -- Canada en_US
dc.subject Altruism -- Samoa en_US
dc.subject Altruism -- Canada en_US
dc.subject Helping behavior -- Samoa en_US
dc.subject Helping behavior -- Canada en_US
dc.subject Kinship -- Samoa en_US
dc.subject Kinship -- Canada en_US
dc.subject Kin selection (Evolution) en_US
dc.subject Evolutionary genetics -- Research en_US
dc.title Kin selection and male androphilia : sociocultural influences on the expression of kin-directed altruism en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.publisher.faculty Arts and Science en_US
dc.publisher.department Department of Psychology en_US


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