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Macaque Societies: A Model for the Study of Social Organization

Series: Cambridge Studies in Biological and Evolutionary Anthropology Volume: 41

Edited By: Bernard Thierry, Mewa Singh and Werner Kaumanns

418 pages, 2 col plates, 25 illus, 20 tabs

Cambridge University Press

Paperback | Jun 2010 | #184360 | ISBN-13: 9780521521680
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Macaques are the most comprehensively studied of all monkey groups, and the 20 known species feature a broad diversity in their social relationships making them a particularly good group for exploring the evolution of societies. This book will be of primary interest to those studying animal behaviour and primatology, but will also be useful to those involved in the study of human societies.

'! although the book concerns macaques, it will be of interest to anyone studying animal social behaviour. ! it provides many future directions for the study of macaque social behaviour, and is indispensable reading for anyone interested in the evolution of primate societies.' Primate Eye


Introduction: Why macaque societies? Bernard Thierry, Mewa Singh and Werner Kaumanns; Part I. Individual Attributes: 1. Introduction; 2. Personality factors between and within species John P. Capitanio; 3. The role of emotions in social relationships Filippo Aureli and Gabriele Schino; 4. Reproductive life history Fred Bercovitch and Nancy Harvey; Part II. Demography and Reproductive Systems: Introduction; 5. Demography: a window to social evolution Wolfgang Dittus; 6. Gene flow, dispersal patterns and social organisation Helene Gachot-Neveu and Nelly Menard; 7. Mating systems Joseph Soltis; Part III. Social Relationships and Networks: Introduction; 8. Dominance style, social power and conflict management: a conceptual framework Jessica C. Flack and Frans B. M. De Waal; 9. How kinship generates dominance structures: a comparative perspective Bernard Chapais; 10. Intergenerational transmission of behaviour Christophe Chauvin and Carol M. Berman; Part IV. External and Internal Constraints: Introduction; 11. Do ecological factors explain variation in social organisations? Nelly Menard; 12. Social epigenesis Bernard Thierry; 13. The use of artificial-life models for the study of social organisations Charlotte K. Hemelrijk; Part V. An Outside Viewpoint: Introduction; 14. An anthropologist among macaques Maurice Godelier; Conclusion; 15. Toward integrating the multiple dimensions of societies Bernard Thierry, Mewa Singh and Werner Kaumann; References; Index.

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BERNARD THIERRY is Research Director at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique in Strasbourg, France. He has studied the social behaviour of non-human primates for the past 25 years, and is particularly interested in how internal constraints channel the evolutionary changes of social organisations. MEWA SINGH is a Professor of Psychology at the University of Mysore, India. His main research focus is on the evolution of sociality, and he is especially interested in bridging the gap between conservation biology and behavioural biology. WERNER KAUMANNS is Curator of Primates and Head of the Primatology Working Group at Cologne Zoo, Germany. His special interest is also in conservation biology, and he has been involved in research on lion-tailed macaques with special reference to the effects of habitat fragmentation.

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