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

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Abild, Miranda L.
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Lethbridge, Alta. : University of Lethbridge, c2012
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.
ix, 81 leaves ; 29 cm
Transgender people -- Samoa , Transgender people -- Canada , Gay men -- Samoa , Gay men -- Canada , Altruism -- Samoa , Altruism -- Canada , Helping behavior -- Samoa , Helping behavior -- Canada , Kinship -- Samoa , Kinship -- Canada , Kin selection (Evolution) , Evolutionary genetics -- Research