Author: Robert M Sapolsky
Publisher: Random House
Release Date: 2011-04-30
Book-smart and more than a little naive, Robert Sapolsky left the comforts of college in the US for a research project studying a troop of baboons in Kenya. Whether he's relating his adventures with his neighbours, Masai tribesmen, or his experiences learning how to sneak up and dart suspicious baboons, Sapolsky combines irreverence and humour with the best credentials in his field. A Primate's Memoir is the culmination of over two decades of experience and research - an exhilarating, hilarious and daring memoir, and an astonishing masterpiece of the people and nature of Africa.
Cosmopolitan Animals asks what new possibilities and permutations of cosmopolitanism can emerge by taking seriously our sharing and 'becoming-with' animals. It calls for a fresh awareness that animals are important players in cosmopolitics, and that worldliness is far from being a human monopoly.
Author: Jeremy MacClancy
Publisher: Berghahn Books
Release Date: 2010-12-30
Genre: Social Science
Fieldwork is a central method of research throughout anthropology, a much-valued, much-vaunted mode of generating information. But its nature and process have been seriously understudied in biological anthropology and primatology. This book is the first ever comparative investigation, across primatology, biological anthropology, and social anthropology, to look critically at this key research practice. It is also an innovative way to further the comparative project within a broadly conceived anthropology, because it does not focus on common theory but on a common method. The questions asked by contributors are: what in the pursuit of fieldwork is common to all three disciplines, what is unique to each, how much is contingent, how much necessary? Can we generate well-grounded cross-disciplinary generalizations about this mutual research method, and are there are any telling differences? Co-edited by a social anthropologist and a primatologist, the book includes a list of distinguished and well-established contributors from primatology and biological anthropology.
Author: Wendy Woodward
Publisher: Witwatersrand University Press
Release Date: 2008
Many humans do not regard animals as complex beings. Instead,they objectify animals, relate to them as pets, or see them simplyas spectacles of beauty or wildness. By contrast, the southernAfrican writers whose work is explored in The Animal Gaze,including Olive Schreiner, Zakes Mda, Yvonne Vera, Eugene N.Marais, J.M. Coetzee, Luis Bernardo Honwana, Michiel Heyns,Marlene van Niekerk and Linda Tucker, represent animals asrichly individual subjects. The animals-including cattle, horses,birds, lions, leopards, baboons, dogs, cats and a whale-experiencecomplex emotions and have agency, intentionality andmorality, as well as an ability to recognize and fear death.The Animal Gaze engages with the writings of Jacques Derrida,J.M. Coetzee, Val Plumwood and Martha C. Nussbaum,as it brings together literary studies, ethics, animal studies andAfrican traditional thought, including shamanism, in a way thatcompels the reader to think differently about nonhuman animalsand human relationships with them.
The moral mind is an important part of what makes us human, but for much of the twentieth century there was a sustained attempt to persuade us that morality was of little account and should not be taken seriously. Recent years have seen a welcome reversal of this trend. There is renewed interest in morality, and a wish to find values that believers and non-believers can share. This survey of the moral mind shows how our moral sense engaged with different aspects of the human personality: with our instincts, inherited from our pre-human primate ancestors; with the way we follow the customs of our community; and with our sense of something beyond these instincts and customs. The author seeks to show how far evolutionary theory can help us to understand our moral thinking, and, in the final chapter, he suggest how we may be able to work towards a new consensus on moral issues.
Author: Juliette Yaakov
Publisher: Hw Wilson Co
Release Date: 2004
Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines
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Author: Robert M. Sapolsky
Publisher: Scribner Book Company
Release Date: 2005
A collection of original essays by a leading neurobiologist and primatologist share the author's insights into behavioral biology, including discussion of the physiology of genes and the factors that shape human social interaction.