The Question of Animal Culture

The Question of Animal Culture

by Kevin N. Laland
     
 

ISBN-10: 0674031261

ISBN-13: 9780674031265

Pub. Date: 02/15/2009

Publisher: Harvard


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

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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 “Culture? Of course!” to “Culture? Of course not!” The result is essential reading for anyone interested in the validity of animal culture, and what it might say about our own.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674031265
Publisher:
Harvard
Publication date:
02/15/2009
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
360
Sales rank:
1,238,781
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.50(d)

Table of Contents

  1. Introduction Kevin N. Laland and Bennett G. Galef
  2. In Tune with Others: The Social Side of Primate Culture Frans B. M. de Waal and Kristin E. Bonnie
  3. Ten Dispatches from the Chimpanzee Culture Wars, plus Revisiting the Battlefronts. W. C. Mcgrew
  4. Geographical Variation in the Behavior of Wild Great Apes: Is It Really Cultural? Carel P. Van Schaik
  5. The Identification and Differentiation of Culture in Chimpanzees and Other Animals: From Natural History to Diffusion Experiments Andrew Whiten
  6. How Might We Study Culture? A Perspective from the Ocean. Hal Whitehead
  7. Acquiring Culture: Individual Variation and Behavioural Development in Bottlenose Dolphins Brooke L. Sargeant and Janet Mann
  8. Animal Culture: Problems and Solutions Kevin N. Laland, Jeremy R. Kendal and Rachel L. Kendal
  9. The Question of Chimpanzee Culture, plus Postscript. Michael Tomasello
  10. Culture in Animals? Bennett G. Galef
  11. Are Nonhuman Primates Likely to Exhibit Cultural Capacities like Those of Humans, and If So, How Can This Be Demonstrated? Susan Perry
  12. Animal “Culture”? Kim Hill
  13. Peace Keeping in the Culture Wars Kim Sterelny

  • References
  • Contributors
  • Index

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