Being human and doing primatology: national, socioeconomic, and ethnic influences on primatological practice
Article first published online: 7 JUN 2010
© 2010 Wiley-Liss, Inc.
American Journal of Primatology
Special Issue: Special Section on the Effects of Bonds Between Human and Non-human Primates on Primatological Research and Practice
Volume 73, Issue 3, pages 233–237, March 2011
How to Cite
Fuentes, A. (2011), Being human and doing primatology: national, socioeconomic, and ethnic influences on primatological practice. Am. J. Primatol., 73: 233–237. doi: 10.1002/ajp.20849
- Issue published online: 27 JAN 2011
- Article first published online: 7 JUN 2010
- Manuscript Accepted: 8 MAY 2010
- Manuscript Revised: 23 APR 2010
- Manuscript Received: 24 JAN 2010
- cultural schema;
The emerging manifesto, center of the essay collection this commentary is part of, points out that primatology is a primate's science and field of endeavor. It is about primates, and constructed and carried out by primates. But the relationships between different primates involved in primatology cannot be described merely as scientific, zoological, or conservatory. A main point emerging from this perspective is that the relationships amongst primates (as scientists and as subjects) are affected by primatologists' experiences outside of academic science and within the cultural schema that we acquire as members of human societies. My contribution focuses on the primatologists and their sometimes discussed, but too often ignored, cultural and ethnic contexts as influences on how they study, think about, and interact with other primates. In our views and bonds with other primates, do national, class, and ethnic factors count? Am. J. Primatol. 73:233–237, 2011. © 2010 Wiley-Liss, Inc.