Ethnoecological Research As a means of coordinating the UW curriculum in ecol. anthro, I follow a certain division of labor between this course and the course on Ethnobiology (ANTH 458) Among other things, this means that ethnoecology gets short shrift in ANTH 457 while it is central to 458; nevertheless, for internal completeness it's necessary to pay some attention to ethnoecology here Our assigned readings discusses some key concepts of ethnoecology, plus summarizing some representative studies, but there is a large literature on this (hence, ANTH 458) A fundamental assumption of ethnoecology is that humans perceive and act on their environments on the basis of culturally-derived beliefs and goals For example, Gadgil et al. (1993) argue that "Models of how the world functions as well as prescriptions on how to manipulate it are inevitably linked to any society's worldview. However, in pre-scientific societies such models and prescriptions are much more closely integrated with religious and moral belief systems, so that knowledge, practice
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