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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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Are animals reliable models of morality?

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What Would Animals Say If We Asked the Right Questions?

Vinciane Despret

, Brett Buchanan
University of Minnesota Press

This chapter considers where animals are reliable models of morality through the example of the vole. While early studies of the vole touted its monogamous fidelity, latter studies proved otherwise and revealed other sexual practices often considered deviant in normative Western moralities, such as incest and non-monogamy. The author explores how scientific research on the vole reflected the sociocultural assumptions of its researchers.

Keywords:   vole, monogamy, incest taboo, morality, endogamy and exogamy, fidelity

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