Ethnobiology

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Ethnobotany of Mexico

By: Rafael Lira (Editor), Alejandro Casas (Editor)

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Ethnobiology is the study of the dynamic relationship between plants, animals, people, and the environment. Academic and applied interests include ethnobotany, ethnozoology, linguistics, paleoethnobotany, zooarchaeology, ethnoecology, and many others. The field lies at a dynamic intersection between the social and biological sciences. The major contribution from the biological sciences has come from Economic botany, which has a rich historical and scientific tradition. Indeed, the objectives of the colonial enterprise were as much about the quest for "green gold" –herbal medicines, spices, novel cultivars, and others – as it was for precious metals and sources of labor. The view that ethnobiology concerns mostly the discovery of new and useful biota extended into the 20th century, fortified considerably by work of Richard Evans Schultes and his students. The social sciences have contributed to the field in both descriptive studies but also within quantitative approaches in cognitive anthropology that have led to general principles within ethnobiological classification. Ethnobiological research in recent years has focused increasingly on problem solving and hypothesis testing by means of qualitative and especially quantitative methods. It seeks to understand how culturally relevant biotas are cognitively categorized, ranked, named, and assigned meaning. It investigates the complex strategies employed by traditional societies to manage plant and animal taxa, communities, and landscapes. It explores the degree to which local ecological knowledge promotes or undermines resource conservation, and contributes to the solution of global challenges, such as community health, nutrition, and cultural heritage. It investigates the economic value and environmental sustainability to local communities of non-timber forest products, as well as the strategies through which individual ecological knowledge and practices encourage resilience to change – modernization, climate change, and many others. Most importantly, contemporary ethnobiological research is grounded in respect for all cultures, embracing the principles of prior informed consent, benefit sharing, and general mindfulness.

Publisher: Springer-Verlag

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Ethnobotany of Mexico

Ethnobotany of Mexico

Interactions of People and Plants in Mesoamerica
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By: Rafael Lira (Editor), Alejandro Casas (Editor), José Blancas (Editor)

Publisher: Springer-Verlag

Hardback | May 2016 | #208751 | ISBN-13: 9781461466680
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Living with Biodiversity in an Island Ecosystem

Living with Biodiversity in an Island Ecosystem

Cultural Adaptation in the Solomon Islands
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By: Takuro Furusawa (Author)

Publisher: Springer-Verlag

Hardback | Feb 2016 | #228609 | ISBN-13: 9789812879028
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Ethnobiology of Corals and Coral Reefs

Ethnobiology of Corals and Coral Reefs

By: Nemer E Narchi (Editor), Lisa L Price (Editor)

Publisher: Springer-Verlag

Hardback | Dec 2015 | #231152 | ISBN-13: 9783319237626
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