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The Monkeys of Arashiyama : 35 years of research in Japan and the West
Fedigan, Linda Marie.
Publication Information:
Albany : State University of New York Press, [1991]

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xv, 353 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm

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In The Monkeys of Arashiyama: Thirty-five Years of Research in Japan and the West, Linda Fedigan and Pamela Asquith reveal the diversity of research on the Arashiyama Japanese macaques, and the Japanese and Western traditions in primate studies. The essays reflect studies by primatologists with the population at Arashiyama, Kyoto, and the subgroup which fissioned from the original macaque group, transferred to Texas in 1972. It is a comprehensive examination of this major research group, highlighted by some of the new and interesting findings on primate social organization.

Author Notes

Linda M. Fedigan is Professor of Anthropology at the University of Alberta.

Pamela J. Asquith is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University of Calgary.

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Presents the results of 35 years of ethological research on a group of macaques of Arashiyama, Japan, and on a derivative population transplanted to Texas in 1972. Volume contributors include editors Fedigan (University of Alberta) and Asquith (University of Calgary), as well as 16 other researchers from the Canada, the US, and Japan. Both cross-sectional and longitudinal population studies are included. Among the 15 chapters are those on mate selection, social organization, reproductive behavior, mother-offspring relationships, and genealogy reconstruction. Readers interested in the cultural underpinnings of scientific research will appreciate two chapters that compare Western and Japanese approaches to the study of macaque behavior. Black-and-white photographs, literature references, and numerous charts and tables are included throughout. Appropriate for specialists interested in primatology and ethology as well as the philosophy of science, and perhaps to advanced undergraduates in biology and animal psychology.-D. G. Blackburn, Trinity College (CT)

Table of Contents

Editors' Preface
ForewordSyunzo Kawamura
IntroductionLinda Marie Fedigan and Pamela J. Asquith
Part I History and Context
1 History of the Arashiyama Japanese Macaques in Kyoto, JapanMichael A. Huffman
2 History of the Arashiyama West Japanese Macaques in TexasLisa Marie Fedigan
3 Culture and Primatology: East and WestJean Kitahara-Frisch
4 Primate Reasearch Groups in Japan: Orientations and East-West DifferencesPamela J. Asquith
Part II Longitudinal Studies of Dominance and Reproduction
5 Mate Selection and Partner Preferences in Female Japanese MacaquesMichael A. Huffman
6 Diachronic Changes in the Dominance Relations of Adult Female Japanese Monkeys of the Arashiyama B GroupYukio Takahata
7 Life Span and Reproduction in Japanese Macaque FemalesLaurence Fedigan
Part III Cross-Sectional Studies of the Female Life Course
8 Variability in Aspects of the Mother-Infant Relationship in Japanese Macaques During WeaningNancy E. Collinge
9 Behavior of Old Females: Comparisons of Japanese Monkeys in the Arashiyama East and West GroupsMasayuki Nakamichi
10 Interacting Effect of Age and Rank on the Sociability of Adult Female Japanese MonkeysMary S. McDonald Pavelka and Michael W. Gillespie and Lou Griffin
Part IV Patterns of Affirmation
11 Grooming Relationships in the Arashiyama Group of Japanese MonkeysNaoki Koyama
12 Birth Season Contingencies and the Affiliative Behavior of Adult Male Japanese MacaquesCarolyn Ehardt
Part V Experimental Research
13 Matrilineal Dominance in Japanese Macaques: The Contribution of an Experimental ApproachBernard Chapais
14 Monkeys and Mirrors: Questions of MethodologyMeredith M. Platt and Robert L. Thompson and Su L. Boatright
15 Short Guide to DNA Techniques for Genealogy Construction, with Special Attention to Japanese MacaquesCaroline M. S. Lanigan
Appendix I Examples of Genealogical Records for Two Matrilines
Appendix II Bibliography of Scientific Publications on the Arashiyama Macaques