The Egalitarians - Human and Chimpanzee: An Anthropological View of Social Organization by Margaret PowerThe Egalitarians - Human and Chimpanzee: An Anthropological View of Social Organization by Margaret Power

The Egalitarians - Human and Chimpanzee: An Anthropological View of Social Organization

byMargaret Power

Paperback | August 22, 2005

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This innovative book challenges the perceived view, based largely on long observation of artificially fed chimpanzees in Gombe and Mahale National Parks, Tanzania, of the normal social behavior of chimpanzees as aggressive, dominance seeking, and fiercely territorial. In polar opposition, all reports from naturalistic (nonfeeding) field studies are of nonaggressive chimpanzees living peacefully on home ranges in fluid, open, nonhierarchical groups. This research has been largely ignored and downgraded by most of the scientific community. By utilizing the data from these studies, the author is able to construct a model of an egalitarian form of social organization, based on a role relationship of mutual dependence among many charismatic chimpanzees of both sexes and other more dependent members. This highly and necessarily positive mututal dependence system is characteristic of both undisturbed chimpanzees and humans who live or lived by the "immediate-return" foraging system.
Title:The Egalitarians - Human and Chimpanzee: An Anthropological View of Social OrganizationFormat:PaperbackDimensions:312 pages, 8.98 × 5.98 × 0.71 inPublished:August 22, 2005Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0521018269

ISBN - 13:9780521018265

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Table of Contents

Foreword A. Montagu; Acknowledgements; Part I. Methods and Prefatory Explanations; Part II. The Human Foragers; Part III. The Changing Social Order; Part IV. The Behaviour of Wild and Provisioned Groups: A Theoretical Analysis; Part V. The Mutual Dependence System; Part VI. The Egalitarian Chimpanzees; Part VII. Probabilities, Possibilities and Half-Heard Whispers; Notes; References; Index.

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"Although many may take exception to the conclusions of the author, the book should be useful to a broad range of readers interested in human and nonhuman primate social organization and its evolution." Choice