Gorilla SocietyConflict, Compromise, and Cooperation Between the Sexes

Gorilla SocietyConflict, Compromise, and Cooperation Between the Sexes

Alexander H. Harcourt and Kelly J. Stewart

Print publication date: 2013

ISBN: 9780226316024

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

Abstract

Societies develop as a result of the interactions of individuals as they compete and cooperate with one another in the evolutionary struggle to survive and reproduce successfully. Gorilla society is arranged according to these different and sometimes conflicting evolutionary goals of the sexes. In seeking to understand why gorilla society exists as it does, this book brings together extensive data on wild gorillas, collected over decades by numerous researchers working in diverse habitats across Africa, to illustrate how the social system of gorillas has evolved and endured. It introduces recent theories explaining primate societies; describes gorilla life history, ecology, and social systems; and explores both sexes' evolutionary strategies of survival and reproduction. The book concludes by offering suggestions for future research and conservation.