Ethnobotany

Alexiades, Miguel (2018) Ethnobotany. In: Callan, Hillary, ed. The International Encyclopedia of Anthropology. Wiley. E-ISBN 978-1-118-92439-6. (doi:https://doi.org/10.1002/9781118924396.wbiea2209) (Access to this publication is currently restricted. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

Ethnobotany is the study of human–plant interactions in their historical and geographical totality, including how plants are perceived, named, and classified as well as the symbolic and material aspects of their management, harvesting, processing, and use. The extent to which plant?based knowledge and interactions are socially patterned at different scales and how and why these patterns emerge and change over time are key concerns. Studies have often prioritized the cognitive, linguistically encoded aspects of knowledge, usually within such specific domains as health, nutrition, or agriculture. Multidisciplinary from the outset, ethnobotany's approach has become increasingly so since the closing decades of the twentieth century, drawing from and contributing to a growing set of disciplines in the natural and social sciences and humanities. The post?1980s increase in academic and public interest in ethnobotany is consistent with the social, cultural, political, and economic conditions of late modernity with its multiple crises—epistemic, social, political, and environmental—and closely related transformations.

Item Type: Book section
Uncontrolled keywords: cultural adaptation; environmental anthropology; ethnobotany; human ecology; indigenous knowledge; indigenous peoples; traditional environmental knowledge
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GN Anthropology
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Anthropology and Conservation
Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Anthropology and Conservation > Environmental Anthropology and Ethnobiology
Depositing User: Miguel Alexiades
Date Deposited: 28 Oct 2018 19:00 UTC
Last Modified: 30 Oct 2018 13:06 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/69827 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Alexiades, Miguel: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-5674-5341
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