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Distinguished economic botanist award: Plants as sociocultural objects: from economic botany to economic anthropology

Ellen, Roy F. (2017) Distinguished economic botanist award: Plants as sociocultural objects: from economic botany to economic anthropology. Economic Botany, 71 (3). pp. 201-208. ISSN 0013-0001. E-ISSN 1874-9364. (doi:10.1007/s12231-017-9387-x) (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

The Society for Economic Botany has increasingly defined itself as a context for fostering expertise in ethnobotany and its various applications. However, given that my own work as an ethnobotanist has been much influenced by my training as an anthropologist, there may be merit in re-examining the 'economic' in economic botany from the standpoint of anthropology. In this address I suggest that economic anthropology provides a useful framework through which to interrogate the notions of 'use' and 'value' attributed to plant resources, and to understand how plants move - by exchange and dissemination - through socio-economic systems, how plant knowledge informs decision-making, and how ethnobotanical knowledge is socially embedded. Each of these processes rests on the foundational idea that all plants with which humans interact are necessarily and simultaneously biological and cultural. Such perspectives may even help us rethink the still sometimes unresolved issues as to what 'theory' in ethnobotany actually entails

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1007/s12231-017-9387-x
Uncontrolled keywords: ethnobotany, economic botany, economic anthropology, concepts of use and value, exchange
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GN Anthropology
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Anthropology and Conservation > Environmental Anthropology and Ethnobiology
Depositing User: Roy Ellen
Date Deposited: 15 Mar 2019 16:52 UTC
Last Modified: 19 Jul 2019 08:45 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/73031 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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