The Monkeys of Arashiyama

Thirty-five Years of Research in Japan and the West

Edited by Linda M. Fedigan & Pamela J. Asquith

Subjects: Primatology
Paperback : 9780791405536, 353 pages, July 1991
Hardcover : 9780791405529, 353 pages, July 1991

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Table of contents

Editors' Preface
Foreword Syunzo Kawamura
Foreword John T. Emlen
Introduction Linda Marie Fedigan and Pamela J. Asquith

Part I. History and Context

1. History of the Arashiyama Japanese Macaques in Kyoto, Japan
Michael A. Huffman

2. History of the Arashiyama West Japanese Macaques in Texas
Lisa Marie Fedigan

3. Culture and Primatology: East and West
Jean Kitahara-Frisch

4. Primate Reasearch Groups in Japan: Orientations and East-West Differences
Pamela J. Asquith

Part II. Longitudinal Studies of Dominance and Reproduction

5. Mate Selection and Partner Preferences in Female Japanese Macaques
Michael A. Huffman

6. Diachronic Changes in the Dominance Relations of Adult Female Japanese Monkeys of the Arashiyama B Group
Yukio Takahata

7. Life Span and Reproduction in Japanese Macaque Females
Laurence Fedigan

Part III. Cross-Sectional Studies of the Female Life Course

8. Variability in Aspects of the Mother-Infant Relationship in Japanese Macaques During Weaning
Nancy E. Collinge

9. Behavior of Old Females: Comparisons of Japanese Monkeys in the Arashiyama East and West Groups
Masayuki Nakamichi

10. Interacting Effect of Age and Rank on the Sociability of Adult Female Japanese Monkeys
Mary S. McDonald Pavelka, Michael W. Gillespie, and Lou Griffin

Part IV. Patterns of Affirmation

11. Grooming Relationships in the Arashiyama Group of Japanese Monkeys
Naoki Koyama

12. Birth Season Contingencies and the Affiliative Behavior of Adult Male Japanese Macaques
Carolyn Ehardt

Part V. Experimental Research

13. Matrilineal Dominance in Japanese Macaques: The Contribution of an Experimental Approach
Bernard Chapais

14. Monkeys and Mirrors: Questions of Methodology
Meredith M. Platt, Robert L. Thompson, and Su L. Boatright

15. Short Guide to DNA Techniques for Genealogy Construction, with Special Attention to Japanese Macaques
Caroline M. S. Lanigan

Appendix I. Examples of Genealogical Records for Two Matrilines
Appendix II. Bibliography of Scientific Publications on the Arashiyama Macaques


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.

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.


"This topic is significant, both scientifically (35 years of data on a group of primates is unique), and culturally (the cooperation between scientists of very different cultures is rare in science and unique in primatology). The similarities and especially the differences between the emphases placed by scientists from the two cultures give the book an order of interest well beyond the history of a group of monkeys. " — G. Gray Eaton, Oregon Regional Primate Research Center

"This is a unique and watershed book. It may have supplements in the future, but it represents a major event in primatology and includes a valuable and dramatic body of information. It should rate high on citation indexes for a long time. " — Claud A. Bramblett, The University of Texas