Abstract # 1155 Event # 76:

Scheduled for Tuesday, June 27, 2006 10:00 AM-01:00 PM: Session 13 (Kidepo) Symposium


Symposium: Male aggression towards females: variation with social system

M. N. Muller1 and R. W. Wrangham2
1Boston University, Dept. of Anthropology, Boston, MA 02215, USA, 2Harvard University, Cambridge, MA USA
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     This symposium will investigate the frequency and nature of male aggression towards adult females, and its relationship to the social system. Following the logic developed by van Schaik, Pradhan and van Nordwijk (2004), sexual coercion can include not only infanticide, forced copulation and herding, but also aggression to females in non-reproductive contexts (i.e. when females are not in estrus). Such non-reproductive aggression can incorporate both sexual coercion (e.g. efforts to manipulate mate preference) and non-sexual manipulation (e.g. components of dominance strategies, or attempts to influence relationships among females). Our aim is to review these patterns, focusing particularly on aspects of aggression other than infanticide. We expect male aggression to females to be related to the nature of relationships among males (e.g. multi-male vs. one-male mating systems), among females (e.g. female philopatry vs. transfer) and between the sexes (e.g. bonded vs. promiscuous mating).