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See detailEt pourtant ils coopèrent. Regard des sciences sociales sur la coopération animale
Servais, Véronique ULg

in Terrain : Revue d'Ethnologie de l'Europe (2012), 58

Behavioural bioloigists find it difficult to explain the evolution of cooperation among non kin from a strict natural selection point of view. Rather than questionning the paradigm itself, even though it ... [more ▼]

Behavioural bioloigists find it difficult to explain the evolution of cooperation among non kin from a strict natural selection point of view. Rather than questionning the paradigm itself, even though it only involves a part of the theroy of evolution, they add variables to the theory as, for example, the fact that cheaters will be found out and punished. By contrast, on the basis of the studies of cooperation among primates, and in terms of the resonses of monkeys in the tests to which they are subjected, I stress how difficult it is to study cooperation among primates outiside the social and emotional context which, in turn, it serves to define. Finally, I prpose that primatology should be open to social science approaches, so that it considers monkeys and apes as actors in interactions rather than as organisms simply carrying out strategis which have been inscribed in them by evolution. [less ▲]

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