Using the 'F'-word in primatology

In: Behaviour
Author: Joan Silk
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USING THE ‘F’-WORD IN PRIMATOLOGY by JOAN B. SILK (Department of Anthropology, University of California, Los Angeles, CA 90095, USA) (Acc. 30-XI-2001) Primatologists have recently begun to use the word ‘friendship’ to de- scribe close, afŽ liative relationships among monkeys and apes. This seems to be part of a growing backlash against what some researchers see as a narrow- minded preoccupation with the negative aspects of animal behavior, such as competition, con ict, manipulation, coercion, and deception ( e.g. de Waal, 1996). There is a new emphasis on more positive features of animal behav- ior, such as coordination, negotiation, reconciliation,

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