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Chimpanzee Culture Wars: Rethinking Human Nature alongside Japanese, European, and American Cultural Primatologists

Nicolas Langlitz

Abstract

In the 1950s, Japanese zoologists took note when a number of macaques invented and passed on new food-washing behaviors within their troop. The discovery opened the door to a startling question: Could animals other than humans share social knowledge, and thus possess culture? The subsequent debate has rocked the scientific world, pitting cultural anthropologists against evolutionary anthropologists, field biologists against experimental psychologists, and scholars from Asia against their colleagues in Europe and North America. This book presents first-hand observations gleaned from months that ... More

Keywords: nonhuman primates, social knowledge, primatologists, cultural primatologists, chimpanzees, cultural diversity, Anthropocene, human culture, mass extinction, human–animal divide

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780691204284
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: May 2021 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691204284.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Nicolas Langlitz, author
New School for Social Research