Primate Social Conflict

Edited by William A. Mason & Sally P. Mendoza

Subjects: Physical Anthropology
Paperback : 9780791412428, 419 pages, March 1993
Hardcover : 9780791412411, 419 pages, April 1993

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Table of contents

1. Primate Social Conflict: An Overview of Sources, Forms, and Consequences
William A. Mason and Sally P. Mendoza

2. The Nature of Social Conflict: A Psycho-Ethological Perspective
William A. Mason

3. The Evolution of Social Conflict among Female Primates
Joan B. Silk

4. Social Conflict on First Encounters
Sally P. Mendoza

5. Reconciliation among Primates: A Review of Empirical Evidence and Theoretical Issues
Frans B. M. de Waal

6. Social Conflict in Adult Male Relationships in a Free-Ranging Group of Japanese Monkeys
Naosuke Itoigawa

7. The Physiology of Dominance in Stable versus Unstable Social Hierarchies
Robert M. Sapolsky

8. Temperament and Mother-Infant Conflict in Macaques: A Transactional Analysis
William A. Mason, D. D. Long, and Sally P. Mendoza

9. Impact on Foraging Demands on Conflict within Mother-Infants Dyads
Michael W. Andrews, Gayle Sunderland, and Leonard A. Rosenblum

10. Coordination and Conflict in Callicebus Social Groups
Charles R. Menzel

11. Social Conflict in Two Monogamous New World Primates: Pairs and Rivals
Gustl Anzenberger

12. Social Conflict and Reproductive Suppression in Marmoset and Tamarin Monkeys
David H. Abbott

13. Biological Antecedents of Human Aggression
Lionel Tiger

14. Conflict as a Constructive Force in Social Life
David M. Lyons



This book examines conflict as a normal and recurrent feature of primate social life, emphasizing that the study of aggression and social conflict is important to understanding the basic processes that contribute to social order. The authors go well beyond the usual view which tends to equate social conflict with fights over food, mates, or social supremacy, and analyze the diverse manifestations and significance of conflict in a variety of case studies. Contributors are scientists with field and laboratory experience in anthropology, behavioral endocrinology, ethology, and psychology. Utilizing the growing body of research on life-span development in primatology, the authors offer more extensive analyses of the complexity of primate social relationships.

William A. Mason is Research Scientist at the California Regional Primate Research Center and Professor Emeritus of Psychology at the University of California. Sally P. Mendoza is Associate Professor of Psychology and Research Scientist at the California Regional Primate Research Center.


"I like the idea of social conflict as opposed to aggression as such. Too much of the focus on conflict has been on aggressive behavior, which is probably the most striking behavior observed in the field. The fact that conflict does not lead to aggression in all cases, that conflict is generally followed by some sort of reconciliation, and the consequences for fitness and future social life are important topics with respect to non-human primate society that should have considerable relevance to thinking about human social conflict. " — Charles T. Snowdon, University of Wisconsin, Madison