Primates Face to Face: The Conservation Implications of Human-nonhuman Primate Interconnections

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New information about disease transmission, dietary and economic linkage, and the continuing international focus on conservation and primate research have created a surge of interest in primates, and focus on the diverse interaction of human and nonhuman primates has become an important component in primatological and ethnographic studies. By examining the diverse and fascinating range of relationships between humans and other primates and observing how this plays a critical role in conservation practice and programs, Primates Face to Face disseminates the information gained from the anthropological study of nonhuman primates to the wider academic and non-academic world.
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Anthropologists from temperate and tropical climes combine elements of human culture and ecology and nonhuman primate behavior and ecology, to create a picture of a broad and dynamic interconnected cultural and biological ecosystem that they believe can serve as a foundation for assessing conservation realities. They consider the multifaceted relationship between contemporary humans and nonhuman primates and the cultural practices of the local people, whether Guagá Indians or research scientists. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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"A valuable resource..." American Journal of Human Biology

"As prominent primatologist Karen Strier points out in the forward, this book can be seen as addressing a question opposite from the one normally asked: "What can anthropology contribute to primatology?" This book does an excellent and comprehensive job of addressing this question from a variety of often-conflicting perspectives." Choice

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Meet the Author

AGUSTÍN FUENTES is Professor of Anthropology and Director of the Primate Behaviour and Ecology Program at Central Washington University. His research interests include primate behavioural ecology, the evolution of social organization and conservation theory and practice.

LINDA D. WOLFE is Professor and Chair of Anthropology at East Carolina University. Her research focuses on primate sexual and social behaviours.

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Table of Contents

List of contributors
Introduction 1
Pt. 1 Science and nonhuman primates 5
1 Anthropology and primatology 7
2 Resistance to the cross-species perspective in anthropology 25
3 The ethics and efficacy of biomedical research in chimpanzees with special regard to HIV research 45
Pt. 2 Cultural views of nonhuman primates 61
4 Monkey as food, monkey as child: Guaja symbolic cannibalism 63
5 Ethnoecology of monkeys among the Bari of Venezuela: perception, use and conservation 85
6 Primates in Matsigenka subsistence and world view 101
7 Monkey King in China: basis for a conservation policy? 137
8 Reflections on the concept of nature and gorillas in Rwanda: implications for conservation 163
Pt. 3 Conservation of nonhuman primates 183
9 Monkeys, humans and politics in the Mentawai Islands: no simple solutions in a complex world 187
10 Conservation must pursue human-nature biosynergy in the era of social chaos and bushmeat commerce 208
11 A cultural primatological study of Macaca fascicularis on Ngeaur Island, Republic of Palau 240
12 Monkeys in the backyard: encroaching wildlife and rural communities in Japan 254
Pt. 4 Government actions, local economies and nonhuman primates 273
13 The primatologist as minority advocate 277
14 Monkey business? The conservation implications of macaque ethnoprimatology in southern Thailand 288
15 Rhesus macaques: a comparative study of two sites, Jaipur, India, and Silver Springs, Florida 310
Index 331
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