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Academic & Professional Books  Organismal to Molecular Biology  Ethology

The Egalitarians, Human and Chimpanzee An Anthropological View of Social Organization

By: M Power
310 pages, 2 b/w photos, 6 illus, 2 tabs
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This innovative book challenges the perceived view, based largely on long observation of artificially-fed chimpanzees in Gombe and Mahale National Parks, Tanzania, of the typical social behaviour of chimpanzees as aggressive, dominance seeking, and fiercely territorial. In polar opposition, all reports from naturalistic (non-feeding) field studies are of non-aggressive chimpanzees living peacefully in non-hierarchical groups, on home ranges open to all. These reports have been ignored and downgraded by most of the scientific community. By utilizing the data from these studies the author is able to construct a model of an egalitarian form of social organization, based on a fluid role relationship of mutual dependence between many charismatic chimpanzees of both sexes and other more dependent members. This highly and necessarily positive mutual dependence system is characteristic of both (undisturbed) chimpanzees and (undisturbed) humans who live by the 'immediate-return' foraging system.

First published in 1991 in hardback.


Foreword A. Montagu; Acknowledgements; Part I. Methods and Prefatory Explanations; Part II. The Human Foragers; Part III. The Changing Social Order; Part IV. The Behaviour of Wild and Provisioned Groups: A Theoretical Analysis; Part V. The Mutual Dependence System; Part VI. The Egalitarian Chimpanzees; Part VII. Probabilities, Possibilities and Half-Heard Whispers; Notes; References; Index.

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By: M Power
310 pages, 2 b/w photos, 6 illus, 2 tabs
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...does set out an interesting hypothesis and remind[s] us of some puzzling observations. American Journal of Physical Anthropology "Although many may take exception to the conclusions of the author, the book should be useful to a broad range of readers interested in human and nonhuman primate social organization and its evolution." Choice
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