Primate Encounters: Models of Science, Gender and Society / Edition 2

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A provocative collective reflection on primatology and its relations to broader cultural, historical, and social issues, Primate Encounters brings together both scientists and those who study them to investigate precisely what kind of science primatology is.

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Scientists and those who examine science and scientists from within that cultural studies sub-field known as "science studies," address changes in perception of primates and humans since primatology matured after WWII, as well as the practice of primatology, and the role of women scientists in it. Beginning with a history of ideas about primate society, this collection which began as papers from a conference in Teresopolis, Brazil, continues with personal reflections from senior primatologists, and proceeds to primatologies existing outside North America, primatology's relationship to sciences like archaeology and animal behavior, and the influence of the media and of technology on the field. Contributors include Donna Haraway, Alison Jolly, Bruno Latour, and Robert W. Sussman. Featured are four e-mail exchanges around a series of questions such as, "Why has there been so much resistance by scientists to science studies and the critique of science?" Not much mystery there: science studies comes less to praise science, than to criticize and reprove it. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780226777559
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press
  • Publication date: 4/28/2002
  • Edition description: 1
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 652
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Shirley C. Strum is a professor of anthropology at the University of California, San Diego. She is coeditor of The New Physical Anthropology, Natural Connections: Perspectives in Community-Based Conservation, and Almost Human: A Journey into the World of Baboons. Strum has studied olive baboons in Kenya since 1972 and is director of the Uaso Ngiro Baboon Project.

Linda Marie Fedigan is professor and Canada Research Chair in Primatology and Bioanthropology at the University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada. She is also the past Executive Editor of the American Journal of Primatology and a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.

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Table of Contents

Section 1: Introduction and History
1. Changing Views of Primate Society: A Situated North American Perspective - Shirley C. Strum and Linda M. Fedigan
Section 2: What Do the Pioneers Say? The Advantages of Hindsight
2. A Few Particular Primates - Thelma Rowell
3. The Bad Old Days of Primatology? - Alison Jolly
4. Piltdown Man, the Father of American Field Primatology - Robert W. Sussman
5. Some Reflections on Primatology at Cambridge and the Science Studies Debate - Robert A. Hinde
6. Primate Ethology and Socioecology in the Netherlands - Jan A.R.A.M. van Hooff
E-Mail Exchanges: Why study primates? Did our ideas about primate society change? How do ideas change?
Section 3: A Diversity of Primatologies: Other National Traditions
7. Traditions of the Kyoto School of Field Primatology in Japan - Hiroyuki Takasaki
8. Negotiating Science: Internationalization and Japanese Primatology - Pamela Asquith
9. Some Characteristics of Scientific Literature in Brazilian Primatology - Maria Emília Yamamoto and Anuska Irene Alencar
10. An American Primatologist Abroad in Brazil - Karen B. Strier
E-mail Exchanges: Why do Westerners accept Japanese data but not theory and practice? Are there many primatologies ore one international science?
Section 4: Enlarging the Lens: Closely Related Disciplines
11. The Divergent Case of Cultural Anthropology - Naomi Quinn
12. Standpoint Matters—in Archaeology, for Example - Alison Wylie
13. Paradigms and Primates: Bateman's Principle, Passive Females, and Perspecties from Other Taxa - Zuleyma Tang-Martinez
14. Culture, Disciplinary Tradition, and the Study of Behavior: Sex, Rats, and Spotted Hyenas - Stephen E. Glickman
15. Changing Views on Imitation in Primates - Richard W. Byrne
E-mail Exchanges: Did sociobiology make a difference in our ideas about primate society? Did women studying primates make a difference?
Section 5: Models of Science and Society
16. Primate Suspect: Some Varieties of Science Studies - Charis M. Thompson Cussins
17. A Well-Articulated Primatology: Reflections of a Fellow Traveler - Bruno Latour
18. Women, Gender, and Science: Some Parallels between Primatology and Developmental Biology - Evelyn Fox Keller
19. Morphing in the Order: Flexible Strategies, Feminist Science Studies, and Primate Revisions - Donna Haraway
20. Life in the Field: The Nature of Popular Culture in 1950s America - Gregg Mitman
21. Politics, Gender, and Worldly Primatology: The Goodall-Fossey Nexus - Brian E. Noble
E-Mail Exchanges: The fight about science—why does it happen? Primatologists and the media—why do primatologists agonize about it?
Section 6: Reformulating the Questions
22. Science Encounters - Shirley C. Strum
23. Gender Encounters - Linda M. Fedigan
Section 7: Conclusions and Implications
24. Future Encounters: The Media and Science; Gender and Science on the Periphery; The Science Wars; The Value of Primate Studies; The Future of Primates and Primate Studies; Finale: New Teams - Shirley C. Strum and Linda M. Fedigan

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