The single comprehensive treatment of the field, from the leadingmembers of the Society of Ethnobiology
The field of ethnobiology—the study of relationshipsbetween particular ethnic groups and their native plants andanimals—has grown very rapidly in recent years, spawningnumerous subfields. Ethnobiological research has produced a widerange of medicines, natural products, and new crops, as well asstriking insights into human cognition, language, and environmentalmanagement behavior from prehistory to the present.
This is the single authoritative source on ethnobiology,covering all aspects of the field as it is currently defined.Featuring contributions from experienced scholars and sanctioned bythe Society of Ethnobiology, this concise, readable volume providesextensive coverage of ethical issues and practices as well asarchaeological, ethnological, and linguistic approaches.
Emphasizing basic principles and methodology, this uniquetextbook offers a balanced treatment of all the major subfieldswithin ethnobiology, allowing students to begin guided research inany related area—from archaeoethnozoology to ethnomycology toagroecology. Each chapter includes a basic introduction to eachtopic, is written by a leading specialist in the specific areaaddressed, and comes with a full bibliography citing major works inthe area. All chapters cover recent research, and many are new inapproach; most chapters present unpublished or very recentlypublished new research. Featured are clear, distinctive treatmentsof areas such as ethnozoology, linguistic ethnobiology, traditionaleducation, ethnoecology, and indigenous perspectives. Methodologyand ethical action are also covered up to current practice.
Ethnobiology is a specialized textbook for advancedundergraduates and graduate students; it is suitable foradvanced-level ethnobotany, ethnobiology, cultural and politicalecology, and archaeologically related courses. Research instituteswill also find this work valuable, as will any reader with aninterest in ethnobiological fields.
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Table of Contents
List of Contributors vii
1. Ethnobiology: Overview of a Growing Field 1
2. History of Ethnobiology 15
3. Ethics in Ethnobiology: History, International Law andPolicy, and Contemporary Issues 27
4. From Researcher to Partner: Ethical Challenges and IssuesFacing the Ethnobiological Researcher 51
5. The World According to Is’a: Combining Empiricism andSpiritual Understanding in Indigenous Ways of Knowing 65
6. Ethnozoology 83
7. Ethnobiology, Historical Ecology, the Archaeofaunal Record,and Interpreting Human Landscapes 97
8. Ethnobiology as a Bridge between Science and Ethics: AnApplied Paleozoological Perspective 115
9. Ethnobotany: The Study of People–Plant Relationships133
10. Reconstructing Past Life-Ways with Plants I: Subsistence andOther Daily Needs 149
11. Reconstructing Past Life-Ways with Plants II:Human–Environment and Human–Human Interactions 173
12. History and Current Trends of Ethnobiological Research inEurope 189
13. Ethnomycology: Fungi and Mushrooms in Cultural Entanglements213
14. Ethnoecological Approaches to Integrating Theory and Methodin Ethnomedical Research 231
15. Assessments of Indigenous Peoples’ Traditional Foodand Nutrition Systems 249
16. Ethnoecology and Landscapes 267
17. Traditional Resource and Environmental Management 285
18. Ethnobiology and Agroecology 305
19. Linguistic Ethnobiology 319
20. Cognitive Studies in Ethnobiology: What Can We Learn Aboutthe Mind as Well as Human Environmental Interaction? 335
21. The Symbolic Uses of Plants 351
22. Learning Ethnobiology: Creating Knowledge and Skills aboutthe Living World 371