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Monkey (Reaktion Books - Animal)

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Monkeys populate our culture, from the adorable hijinks of Curious George and the loyal friendship between Aladdin and Abu to the menacing gait of the winged ones in The Wizard of Oz. We visit them in zoos and even sometimes keep them as pets à la Catherine de Medici and Michael Jackson. As renowned zoologist Desmond Morris shows, it is not surprising that we are so attracted to them. While we sometimes view monkeys as trivial or comic, their mischievousness is delightful, and their urge to explore and love of activity fascinate us.
 
Monkey unpacks human attitudes toward these animals, tracing our connection with them throughout history. ­Morris reveals that our fascination with monkeys extends through many cultures and eras—ancient Egyptians revered baboons, monkey deities featured prominently in ancient Chinese and Japanese religions, and sacred status was given to the langur monkey by some groups in India. He also describes how our relationship with monkeys has changed since Darwin, and even become more troubled—this in-depth knowledge of our own origins amplifies our identification with and concern for the idea of monkeys’ primitivism and destructive behaviors. Drawing a vibrant picture of these beguiling animals and their continued popularity with humans, Monkey brings a new understanding to our complicated relationship with the ever-curious George.

About the Author

Desmond Morris is a critically acclaimed writer and broadcaster. His many books include The Naked Ape, The Human Zoo, The Human Animal, and Owl, also published by Reaktion Books.

Table of Contents

Introduction

1. Sacred Monkeys

2. Tribal Monkeys: Myths and Superstitions

3. Monkeys Despised

4. Lustful Monkeys

5. Monkeys Enjoyed

6. Monkeys Exploited

7. Monkey Quotations

8. Monkeys and Artists

9. Monkeys as Animals

10. Unusual Monkeys

11. Rare Monkeys

12. Newly Discovered Monkeys

13. Intelligent Monkeys

Timeline

Appendix 1: Classification

Appendix 2: Monkeys in the Language

References

Bibliography

Associations and Websites

Photo Acknowledgements

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9781780230962
Author:
Morris, Desmond
Publisher:
Reaktion Books
Subject:
Apes & Monkeys
Subject:
Nature Studies-Primates
Edition Description:
Paperback
Series:
Reaktion Books - Animal
Publication Date:
20130631
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
60 color plates, 40 halftones
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
7.5 x 5.38 in

Related Subjects

Science and Mathematics » Biology » Primatology
Science and Mathematics » Nature Studies » General
Science and Mathematics » Nature Studies » Mammals » Primates

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