Question of Animal Culture

ISBN-10: 0674031261
ISBN-13: 9780674031265
Edition: 2009
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Book details

List price: $62.50
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publication date: 2/16/2009
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 266
Size: 6.75" wide x 9.75" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 0.044
Language: English

Fifty years ago, a troop of Japanese macaques was observed washing sandy sweet potatoes in a stream, sending ripples through the fields of ethology, comparative psychology, and cultural anthropology. The issue of animal culture has been hotly debated ever since. Now Kevin Laland and Bennett Galef have gathered key voices in the often rancorous debate to summarize the views along the continuum from ldquo;Culture? Of course!rdquo; to ldquo;Culture? Of course not!rdquo; The result is essential reading for anyone interested in the validity of animal culture, and what it might say about our own.

Bennett G. Galef is Emeritus Professor of Psychology, McMaster University, and past editor of Animal Behaviour.

Introduction Kevin N. Laland and Bennett G. Galef
In Tune with Others: The Social Side of Primate Culture
Ten Dispatches from the Chimpanzee Culture Wars, plus Revisiting the Battlefronts
Geographical Variation in the Behavior of Wild Great Apes: Is It Really Cultural?
The Identification and Differentiation of Culture in Chimpanzees and Other Animals: From Natural History to Diffusion Experiments
How Might We Study Culture? A Perspective from the Ocean
Acquiring Culture: Individual Variation and Behavioural Development in Bottlenose Dolphins
Animal Culture: Problems and Solutions
The Question of Chimpanzee Culture, plus Postscript
Culture in Animals?
Are Nonhuman Primates Likely to Exhibit Cultural Capacities like Those of Humans, and If So, How Can This Be Demonstrated?
Animal "Culture"?
Peace Keeping in the Culture Wars
References
Contributors
Index

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