Addressing Social-Ecological Systems Across Temporal and Spatial Scales: A Conceptual Synthesis for Ethnobiology

42 Pages Posted: 26 May 2020

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Ulysses Albuquerque

Universidade Federal de Pernambuco (UFPE)

David Ludwig

Wageningen UR

Ivanilda Feitosa

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Joelson Moura

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Patricia Medeiros

Universidade Federal de Alagoas

Paulo Gonçalves

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Risoneide Silva

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Taline Silva

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Thiago Gonçalves-Souza

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Washington Ferreira Júnior

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Date Written: April 26, 2020

Abstract

The aim of this article is to develop an integrative conceptual framework for addressing social-ecological systems across different spatial and temporal scales. Ethnobiologists study social-ecological systems through the lens of heterogeneous disciplines from the natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities. Despite the integrative ambitions of the field, ethnobiology often remains fragmented through research programs that emphasize different methods and scales. This article proposes a conceptual synthesis of three processes of (1) cognitive processing, (2) cultural transmission, and (3) biocultural evolution. We also discuss how social negotiation is embedded in them. By showing how these different processes interact across different spatial and temporal scales, the article develops a framework for ethnobiological scholarship that can address complex dynamics in social-ecological systems.

Keywords: Ethnobiology; Interdisciplinarity; Knowledge Integration; Social-Ecological Systems

JEL Classification: Q01, Q57

Suggested Citation

Albuquerque, Ulysses and Ludwig, David and Feitosa, Ivanilda and Moura, Joelson and Medeiros, Patricia and Gonçalves, Paulo and Silva, Risoneide and Silva, Taline and Gonçalves-Souza, Thiago and Ferreira Júnior, Washington, Addressing Social-Ecological Systems Across Temporal and Spatial Scales: A Conceptual Synthesis for Ethnobiology (April 26, 2020). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3586378 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3586378

Ulysses Albuquerque (Contact Author)

Universidade Federal de Pernambuco (UFPE) ( email )

Cidade Universitária
Cidade Universitária, Pernambuco 50670-901
Brazil

David Ludwig

Wageningen UR ( email )

Hollandseweg 1
Wageningen, 6706KN
Netherlands

Ivanilda Feitosa

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Joelson Moura

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Patricia Medeiros

Universidade Federal de Alagoas ( email )

Av. Lourival Melo Mota
Tabuleiro dos Martins
Maceió-AL, 57072-900
Brazil

Paulo Gonçalves

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Risoneide Silva

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Taline Silva

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Thiago Gonçalves-Souza

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Washington Ferreira Júnior

affiliation not provided to SSRN

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