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What Would Animals Say If We Asked the Right Questions?$
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Vinciane Despret

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780816692378

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816692378.001.0001

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For Delinquents

For Delinquents

Can animals revolt?

(p.21) D For Delinquents
What Would Animals Say If We Asked the Right Questions?

Vinciane Despret

, Brett Buchanan
University of Minnesota Press

This chapter explores delinquent or unexpected behaviour by animals as expressions of resistance and revolt. The author describes primates throwing items as a form of gestural communication, the matriarchal structure that governs elephant collective behaviour, and mentions other instances where animals exercise agency and intention in their refusal to comply.

Keywords:   chimpanzee, throwing, elephant matriarchy, gestural communication, delinquency, resistance, revolt

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