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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 Necessity

For Necessity

Can one lead a rat to infanticide?

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(p.105) N For Necessity
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What Would Animals Say If We Asked the Right Questions?
Author(s):

Vinciane Despret

, Brett Buchanan
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816692378.003.0014

The chapter explores the conditioned and impelled nature of rat infanticide under experimental conditions, revealing it as an induced behaviour. The sociobiological theory of intrasexual competition for gene dissemination reveals contextual sociocultural assumptions such as chauvinism and sexual prejudice in research interpretations, and debates the scientific narratives that arise as a result

Keywords:   narrative, Darwinism, rats, infanticide, intrasexual competition, sociobiology, scientific methodology

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