Article first published online: 13 FEB 2006
Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute
Volume 12, Issue Supplement s1, pages S1–S22, March 2006
How to Cite
Ellen, R. (2006), Introduction. Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute, 12: S1–S22. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-9655.2006.00270.x
- Issue published online: 13 FEB 2006
- Article first published online: 13 FEB 2006
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.