Primate Behaviour: Information, Social Knowledge, and the Evolution of Culture by Duane QuiattPrimate Behaviour: Information, Social Knowledge, and the Evolution of Culture by Duane Quiatt

Primate Behaviour: Information, Social Knowledge, and the Evolution of Culture

byDuane Quiatt, Vernon Reynolds

Paperback | January 27, 1995

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This book is about the social life of monkeys, apes and humans. The central theme is the importance of social information and knowledge to a full understanding of primate social behavior and organization. Its main purpose is to stress evolutionary continuity, i.e. that there are direct connections between human and nonhuman society. This view is often downplayed elsewhere in the anthropological literature where the notion that humans have culture and animals do not is prevalent. Topics covered include an overview of the contexts of behavior; a comparison of blind strategies and tactical decision-making; social cognition; a review of intentionalist interpretations of behavior; kinship; language and its social implications; and the constraints of culture.
Title:Primate Behaviour: Information, Social Knowledge, and the Evolution of CultureFormat:PaperbackDimensions:332 pages, 9.02 × 5.98 × 0.75 inPublished:January 27, 1995Publisher:Cambridge University Press

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0521498325

ISBN - 13:9780521498326

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction; 2. The contexts of behaviour; 3. Emphasizing individual benefits: blind strategies; 4. Emphasizing individual benefits: tactical decisions; 5. Cognition; 6. Social cognition; 7. Intentionalist interpretations of behaviour; 8. Kinship in the social domain; 9. Kinship and marriage; 10. The constraints of culture; 11. Language and its social implications; References; Index.

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This book is about he social life of monkeys, apes and humans. The central theme is the importance of social information and knowledge to a full understanding of primate social behavior and organization. Using this perspective, the authors seek to demonstrate a continually between human and non-human society that is often not recognized elsewhere in the literature.

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"Primate Behaviour is a solid and competent summary of cognitive primatology." Patrick Peritore, Human Ethology Bulletin