Ethnobiology and the science of humankind - Introduction

Ellen, R.F. (2006) Ethnobiology and the science of humankind - Introduction. Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute, 12 (Special issue of the JRAI). S1-S22. ISSN 1359-0987. (The full text of this publication is not available from this repository)

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Abstract

This introduction to the volume argues for the central and integrating role of the subject matter of ethnobiological research in anthropology understood in its widest sense: in its biological, archaeo-historical, and socio-cultural dimensions. The background and current status of ethnobiology are assessed, and its contribution to anthropological issues considered under the following headings: the foundational paradigm of taxonomic orthodoxy; language and the translation of knowledge systems; cognition and culture; the social organization and transmission of knowledge; medical ethnobiology; the applied practice of ethnobiology; and - the meta-theory which binds all this together - the co-evolutionary paradigm as part of a wider 'biocultural synthesis'. The way in which the collected papers exemplify these themes is discussed.

Item Type: Article
Additional information: Sp. Iss. SI
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GN Anthropology
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Anthropology and Conservation > Social and Cultural Anthropology
Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Anthropology and Conservation > Environmental Anthropology and Ethnobiology
Depositing User: C.G.W.G. van-de-Benderskum
Date Deposited: 05 Sep 2008 11:50
Last Modified: 15 Nov 2011 10:46
Resource URI: http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/8537 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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