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Eleanor Sterling, Nora Bynum, and Mary Blair

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199659449

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199659449.001.0001

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Social and spatial relationships between primate groups

Social and spatial relationships between primate groups

(p.151) 9 Social and spatial relationships between primate groups
Primate Ecology and Conservation

Michelle Brown

Margaret Crofoot

Oxford University Press

Studying relationships among primate social groups poses a number of logistical challenges: encounters between groups occur relatively infrequently, interactions are often fast-paced and hectic and, unless all the social groups in a study area are habituated, the presence of human observers may have a significant impact on the outcome of intergroup conflicts. This chapter encourages a more focused approach to the study of intergroup interactions by detailing methods that researchers can use to facilitate inter-specific and inter-site comparisons. It begins by clarifying some of the terms commonly used to describe intergroup relationships, followed by a discussion of observational and experimental methods used to study interactions between primate social groups, and a review of methods for analyzing the impact of intergroup interactions on ranging patterns and space use. It concludes with a brief outline of some important avenues for future research.

Keywords:   intergroup interactions, spatial relationships, ranging patterns, intergroup relationships, intergroup conflicts, experimental methods, social groups, space use

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