Ethnobiology and the Science of Humankind

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This landmark volume assesses the contribution of recent work in ethnobiology to anthropological thought. Considers the ways in which the subject matter and methodologies of ethnobiological research address core anthropological questions. Contributors explore a wide range of themes, such as our understanding of those processes which transform the environment, and the evolution of the cultural mind. Addresses anthropological issues of general interest, from biology to reflexivity. Helps to develop the productive ...

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Overview

This landmark volume assesses the contribution of recent work in ethnobiology to anthropological thought. Considers the ways in which the subject matter and methodologies of ethnobiological research address core anthropological questions. Contributors explore a wide range of themes, such as our understanding of those processes which transform the environment, and the evolution of the cultural mind. Addresses anthropological issues of general interest, from biology to reflexivity. Helps to develop the productive relationship between ethnobiology and anthropology.

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“Roy Ellen manages to assemble a series of articles, most of the written by internationally renowned scholars, which comprise an astonishing variety of themes and theories.” (Anthropos, 2009)

“The book’s eight chapters succeed admirably in meeting its goal. It provides an eclectic, but reasonably comprehensive overview … through many thought-provoking examples.” Journal of Anthropological Research

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Meet the Author

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

1Preface.

. Introduction: Roy Ellen (University of Kent, UK).

2. Speculations on the First Congress of Ethnozoological Nomenclature: Brent Berlin (University of Georgia, USA).

3. Ethnobiology and the Evolution of the Human Mind: Steven Mithen (University of Reading, UK).

4. The Interplay of Ethnographic and Archaeological Knowledge in the Study of Past Human Subsistence: David Harris (University College London).

5. The Contrastive Historical Ecologies of Amazonian Hunter-Gatherers: Laura Rival (University of Oxford, UK).

6. The Interface Between Medical Ethnobotany and Medical Anthropology: Anna Waldstein and Cameron Adams (Department of Anthropology, University of Kent).

7. Ethnobiology and Applied Anthropology: Paul Sillitoe (University of Durham, UK).

8. Meeting of Minds: How do we Share our Appreciation of Tek?: Eugene Hunn (University of Washington, USA).

Index.

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