Social Behaviour in Animals

With Special Reference to Vertebrates

  • N. Tinbergen

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xviii
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    Pages 1-21
  3. N. Tinbergen
    Pages 22-39
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    Pages 40-56
  5. N. Tinbergen
    Pages 57-71
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    Pages 72-86
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    Pages 87-98
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    Pages 99-117
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    Pages 118-128
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    Pages 129-139
  11. Back Matter
    Pages 140-150

About this book


HIS book is not intended as an exhaustive review T of facts. Its aim is rather the presentation of a bio­ logical approach to the phenomena of social behaviour. This type of approach was revived by Lorenz's pioneer studies. It is characterized by emphasis on the need for renewed and careful observation of the huge variety of social phenomena occurring in nature; by emphasis on a balanced study of the three main biological problems­ function, causation, evolution; by emphasis on an appro­ priate sequence of description, qualitative analysis, quanti­ tative analysis; and finally by emphasis on the need for continuous re-synthesis. The character of this approach, combined with the limitations of space, have determined this book's contents. Limits of space led to the omission of a great deal of de scrip­ tion. Thus, Deegener's voluminous work on fhe multitude of types of animal aggregations has not been discussed. Also, the highly specialized 'states' of social insects have not been treated in detail, since there are excellent books dealing exclusively with them.


behavior development sociology

Authors and affiliations

  • N. Tinbergen
    • 1
  1. 1.University of OxfordUK

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  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1965
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
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  • Print ISBN 978-0-412-36920-9
  • Online ISBN 978-94-011-7686-6
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