Sex Roles

, Volume 12, Issue 11–12, pp 1199–1209 | Cite as

The compatibility of hunting and mothering among the agta hunter-gatherers of the Philippines

  • Madeleine J. Goodman
  • P. Bion Griffin
  • Agnes A. Estioko-Griffin
  • John S. Grove


Women's hunting is widely held biologically impracticable in foraging societies, chiefly because hunting is presumed incompatible with maternal responsibilities. A three-year study of hunting practices among the Agta Negrito people of northern Luzon reveals women's active participation in hunting, singly and in groups, without detriment to normal fertility and child care.


Social Psychology Child Care Active Participation Normal Fertility Maternal Responsibility 
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© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1985

Authors and Affiliations

  • Madeleine J. Goodman
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
  • P. Bion Griffin
    • 1
    • 4
  • Agnes A. Estioko-Griffin
    • 5
  • John S. Grove
    • 6
  1. 1.University of HawaiiHonolulu
  2. 2.Women's Studies ProgramUniversity of HawaiiHonolulu
  3. 3.Department of General ScienceUniversity of HawaiiHonolulu
  4. 4.Department of AnthropologyUniversity of HawaiiHonolulu
  5. 5.Department of AnthropologyUniversity of the PhilippinesDilimanPhilippines
  6. 6.Pacific Health Research InstituteHonolulu

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