Visions of Caliban: On Chimpanzees and People (Paperback)
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Visions of Caliban: On Chimpanzees and People (Paperback)

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Paperback 392 Pages / Published: 31/05/2000
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Using Shakespeare's play ""The Tempest"" and its characters Prospero and Caliban as structural metaphors representing the master-slave relationship between humans and chimpanzees, authors Dale Peterson and Jane Goodall collaborate in this exploration of our interaction with the species that shares more than 98 per cent of our genetic makeup. After introducing us to an animal that fashions and uses tools, exploits forest medicines, transmits learned cultural behaviours, and exhibits human-like emotions, Peterson and Goodall present an illuminating, frequently startling study of threats to wild chimpanzees' habitats and the many abuses that chimps have endured and continue to face at the hands of humans. They address conservation issues and ethical questions concerning keeping chimpanzees in captivity, whether as pets or for entertainment or research, and offer firsthand evidence of the drastically declining numbers of chimpanzees in the wild. Through their in-depth exploration of our relationship with chimpanzees, Peterson and Goodall demonstrate our close ties to these animals and also reveal how distant humans have become from their own place in nature. Both an informative, entertaining collection of stories about the authors' research experiences with chimps and a poignant call for a change in our perceptions and treatment of them, ""Visions of Caliban"" is a moving and important work.

Publisher: University of Georgia Press
ISBN: 9780820322063
Number of pages: 392
Weight: 594 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 23 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"A well-argued case for greater care and conservation [of chimpanzees]."--"New Yorker"
"A powerful indictment of human cruelty; a convincing plea for animal rights--and altogether superior to the run-of-the-mill nature books crowding the market."--"Kirkus Reviews"
"Riveting and illuminating, this is an important book."--"Booklist"
"After reading this book, even a person who laughs at chimpanzees in costume, or believes that chimps should be used to test vaccines for AIDS, must acknowledge that there is something very wrong here."--"New York Newsday"
""Visions of Caliban" is beautifully written, easily read, and ethically challenging--it just might become primatology's "Silent Spring"."--"Nature"
"Heartrending . . . a gripping account of an extremely important subject."--"Library Journal"
"["Visions of Caliban" is] compelling, important. . . . in this book science and grace intersect."--"Washington Post"
"A study of the relationship between humans and chimps [that] asks, which is 'most brutish'?"--"New York Times Book Review"

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