Peacemaking Among Primates / Edition 1

Peacemaking Among Primates / Edition 1

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by Frans B. M. De Waal, F. B. M. De Waal
     
 

Does biology condemn the human species to violence and war? Previous studies of animal behavior incline us to answer yes, but the message of this book is considerably more optimistic. Frans de Waal describes powerful checks and balances in the makeup of our closest animal relatives, and in so doing he shows that to humans making peace is as natural as making war.See more details below

Overview

Does biology condemn the human species to violence and war? Previous studies of animal behavior incline us to answer yes, but the message of this book is considerably more optimistic. Frans de Waal describes powerful checks and balances in the makeup of our closest animal relatives, and in so doing he shows that to humans making peace is as natural as making war.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674659216
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Publication date:
09/01/1990
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
310
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.65(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Prologue

1. False Dichotomies

"Good" Aggression

"Bad" Peace

The Individual and the Group

Captive vs. Field Studies

2. Chimpanzees

The Arnhem Project

Reconciliation and Consolation

Sex Differences

A Coalition Breaks

Deadly Violence

Reflections on the Dark Side

Self-Awareness and Chimpocentrism

3. Rhesus Monkeys

Matriarchs and Matrilines

The Transfer of Rank

Aggression Levels

The Exploratory Phase

Implicit Reconciliations

Hard Evidence

Class Structure

Climbing the Ladder

4. Stump-Tailed Monkeys

Our Beauties

Orgasmic Reconciliations

Two Macaques

All-Embracing Unity

5. Bonobos

The "Pygmy Chimp" Is Neither

Wild Bonobos and Wild Theories

The Smartest Ape?

The Peanut Family

Games Bonobos Play

Kama Sutra Primates

The Sex-Contract Hypothesis

Sex for Peace

Epilogue

6. Humans

The Paucity of Knowledge

Degrees of Sophistication

Conditions of Peace

Children

Cultures

The Oath of the Elbe

Conclusion

Bibliography

Index

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