1st Edition

The Dialectical Primatologist
The Past, Present and Future of Life in the Hominoid Niche

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ISBN 9780367211325
October 25, 2021 Forthcoming by Routledge
232 Pages 29 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

The Dialectical Primatologist identifies the essential parameters vital for the continued co-existence of hominoids (apes and humans), synthesizing primate research and conservation in order to develop culturally compelling conservation strategies required for the facilitation of hominoid co-existence.

As unsustainable human activities threaten many primate species with extinction, effective conservation strategies for endangered primates will depend upon our understanding of behavioural response to human-modified habitats. This is especially true for the apes, who are arguably our most powerful connection to the natural world. Recognising the inseparability of the natural and the social, the dialectical approach in this book highlights the heterogeneity and complexity of ecological relationships. Malone stresses that ape conservation requires a synthesis of nature and culture that recognises their inseparability in ecological relationships that are both biophysically and socially formed, and seeks to identify the pathways that lead to either hominoid co-existence or alternatively, extinction.

This book will be of keen interest to academics in biological anthropology, primatology, environmental anthropology, conservation and human-animal studies.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: The Dialectical Primatologist

2. From the Miocene to the Margins: Overview of the Superfamily Hominoidea

3. Emergence: Theorising Ape Sociality

4. Waves of Change: Insights from Java, Indonesia

5. Betwixt and Between: Apes in (and on) the Verge

6. Conclusion: The Future of Life in the Hominoid Niche

7. Epilogue

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Nicholas Malone is a Senior Lecturer in Anthropology at the University of Auckland, New Zealand. Dr Malone is an anthropologist with a broad interest in the social and ecological lives of primates, especially those of apes and humans. Specifically, he seeks to understand how the observed patterns of variability within and between taxa are simultaneously shaped by, and act as shaping factors of, evolutionary processes. Additionally, he strives to contribute to primate conservation through a commitment to engaging with local and extra-local efforts. Finally, he wishes to situate the study of primates within the broader contexts of anthropology, history, and research ethics. His writing is informed by research experiences in Indonesia and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.