Academic journal article Mankind Quarterly

Female Hierarchies

Academic journal article Mankind Quarterly

Female Hierarchies

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Female Hierarchies Editors: Lionel Tiger and Heather T. Fowler With a new introduction by Lionel Tiger Transactions Publishers, 2007

It may justifiably be said that Lionel Tiger, Robin Fox and Robert Ardrey were prime pioneers in the emergence of sociobiology. Robert Ardrey's Territorial Imperative drew attention to the need for mobile animals, most notably birds and mammals, to protect their resources, and by so doing laid the foundations for a "geopolitical" explanation of group competition as a selective force in evolution. Lionel Tiger and Fox's The Imperial Animal and Men in Groups advanced sociobiological theory yet further, and Tiger's constant awareness of sociobiology gives him every right to his present tide of Charles Darwin Professor of Anthropology at Rutgers.

In the Introduction to Female Hierarchies, Tiger observes that "disproportionate attention has long been paid to males in human and other social systems," and there is undoubtedly considerable truth in this claim. But in producing and editing this collection of papers, he and Heather Fowler have clearly chosen to study females in human and other primate societies not because of any feminist inclinations but because women clearly play a vital role in evolutionary selection. …

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