Wild Cultures: A Comparison between Chimpanzee and Human Cultures
By Boesch, Christophe
Pp. xiv, 276; with numerous black-and-white photos and charts. Publisher’s original color-pictorial laminated hardcover, lg 8vo. How do chimpanzees say, 'I want to have sex with you?' By clipping a leaf or knocking on a tree trunk? How do they eat live aggressive ants? By using a short stick with one hand or long stick with both? Ivorian and Tanzanian chimpanzees answer these questions differently, as would humans from France and China if asked how they eat rice. Christophe Boesch takes readers into the lives of chimpanzees from different African regions, highlighting the debate about culture. His ethnography reveals how simple techniques have evolved into complex ones, how teaching styles differ, how material culture widens access to new food sources and how youngsters learn culture. This journey reveals many parallels between humans and chimpanzees and points to striking differences. Written in a vivid and accessible style, ‘Wild Cultures’ places the reader in social and ecological contexts that shed light on our twin cultures, which will help us refine human nature and its multitude of facet (from the rear cover). No ownership marks and no signs of use (never opened).
|Publisher||Cambridge University Press|
|Date Published Estimated||No|
|Number of Volumes||1|
|Condition Description||A tight and bright copy in fine (new) condition.|