Gorilla Society: Conflict, Compromise and Cooperation Between the Sexes


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Gorilla Society: Conflict, Compromise and Cooperation Between the Sexes Authors: , Format: Hardback First Published: Published By: The University of Chicago Press
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Pages: 416 Language: English ISBN: 9780226316024 Categories: , , ,

Societies develop as a result of the interactions of individuals as they compete and cooperate with one another in the evolutionary struggle to survive and reproduce successfully. Gorilla society is arranged according to the different and sometimes conflicting evolutionary goals of the sexes. In seeking to understand why gorilla society exists as it does, Alexander H. Harcourt and Kelly J. Stewart bring together extensive data on wild gorillas, collected over decades by numerous researchers working in diverse habitats across Africa, to illustrate how the social system of gorillas has evolved and endured. “Gorilla Society” introduces recent theories explaining primate societies; describes gorilla life history, ecology, and social systems; and explores both sexes’ evolutionary strategies of survival and reproduction. With a focus on the future, Harcourt and Stewart conclude with suggestions for research and conservation. An exemplary work of socioecology from two of the world’s best-known gorilla biologists, “Gorilla Society” will be a landmark study on a par with the work of George Schaller – a synthesis of existing research on these remarkable animals and the societies in which they live.

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Author Biography

Alexander H. Harcourt is professor of anthropology at the University of California, Davis. Kelly J. Stewart is a research associate in the Department of Anthropology at the University of California, Davis.