An impulse for the ethnoecological research in Bolivia

Moraes R., Mónica

Abstract


Every human group has its own forms of interpretation, delimitation and use of nature, which generates different ideas about their environment (Klanovicz 2002). The knowledge generated by interactions between individuals and their environment are also shaped by the feelings, beliefs and human behavior itself (Marques 2006). These relationships that different groups have established with nature have been studied from various disciplines of natural and social sciences. Anthropology historically has generated currents that attempt to explain how and why human societies relate to their habitat; these currents are included in what is known as ecological anthropology (Reyes-García & Martí Sanz 2007). While the progress of the natural and social sciences has become obsolete some of the currents of ecological anthropology, has also encouraged consolidation and streamlining of others. This is the case of ethnoecology, defined as the study of knowledge systems, practices and beliefs that human groups have on their environment (Toledo 2002).

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Ecología en Bolivia - Revista del Instituto de Ecología, ISSN : 2075-5023

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Instituto de Ecología UMSA

La Paz . Bolivia