Why Folkbiology Matters: Resource Conflict Despite Shared Goals and Knowledge
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- Medin, D., Ross, N., Cox, D. et al. Hum Ecol (2007) 35: 315. doi:10.1007/s10745-006-9054-9
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There is a continuing controversy over Native American fishing and hunting rights. We show that Native American (Menominee) and European American fish experts have a common knowledge base and share values and attitudes associated with fishing practices (though organized around different ethical principles). Nonetheless, perceived group differences are dramatic (especially European American perceptions of Native Americans). Cultural differences in models of nature and associated inference processes appear to mediate these stereotypes and may hold the key to reducing intergroup conflict over resources.