Domesticating practices: the case of Arabian babblers
Primatologists Shirley Strum and Linda Fedigan note, in their introductory chapter to the book Primate Encounters , the considerable change in scholars’ interpretation of primate behavior:
We have moved from a general vision that primate society revolves around males and is based on aggression, domination, and hierarchy to a more complex array of options based on phylogeny, ecology, demography, social history and chance events. The current image of primate society [. . .] would be a strong counterpoint to the earlier view. It would highlight the importance of females within society, emphasize tactics other than aggression (particularly those that rely on social ﬁ nesse and the management of relationships), and argue that hierarchy may or may not have a place in primate society, but that males and females are equally capable of competition and rank ordering.