Ethnobiology and the Science of Humankind

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This landmark volume assesses the contribution of recent work in ethnobiology to anthropological thought. Comprising a series of articles written by international scholars, the book considers the ways in which the subject matter and methodologies of ethnobiological research address core anthropological questions about the character of culture, language, cognition, knowledge, subsistence practice and co-evolution. The contributors explore a wide variety of themes including: our understanding of those processes ...
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Overview

This landmark volume assesses the contribution of recent work in ethnobiology to anthropological thought. Comprising a series of articles written by international scholars, the book considers the ways in which the subject matter and methodologies of ethnobiological research address core anthropological questions about the character of culture, language, cognition, knowledge, subsistence practice and co-evolution. The contributors explore a wide variety of themes including: our understanding of those processes which transform the environment; the evolution of the cultural mind; classification and cognitive science; the character of cultural transmission; ethnobiology and archaeological interpretation; medical ethnobotany in relation to medical anthropology; and local ecological knowledge as applied anthropology. In this way, the book addresses issues of general interest in anthropology and helps to develop the productive relationship between ethnobiology and anthropology.
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Roy Ellen is Professor of Anthropology and Human Ecology at the University of Kent at Canterbury. His research, mainly focussed on island southeast Asia, has spanned issues in ethnobiological classification, the ecology of swidden cultivation, deforestation and inter-island trade. His previous publications include On the Edge of the Banda Zone (2003), The Cultural Relations of Classification (1993) and Environment, Subsistence and System (1982).
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Table of Contents


Preface     vi
Introduction   Roy Ellen     1
The First Congress of Ethnozoological Nomenclature   Brent Berlin     29
Ethnobiology and the evolution of the human mind   Steven Mithen     55
The interplay of ethnographic and archaeological knowledge in the study of past human subsistence in the tropics   David R. Harris     77
Amazonian historical ecologies   Laura Rival     97
The interface between medical anthropology and medical ethnobiology   Anna Waldstein   Cameron Adams     117
Ethnobiology and applied anthropology: rapprochement of the academic with the practical   Paul Sillitoe     147
Meeting of minds: how do we share our appreciation of traditional environmental knowledge?   Eugene Hunn     177
Index     197
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