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Methods and Techniques Used to Collect Ethnobiological Data

  • Ulysses Paulino Albuquerque
  • Marcelo Alves Ramos
  • Reinaldo Farias Paiva de Lucena
  • Nélson Leal Alencar
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Abstract

The aim of this chapter is to discuss the methods and techniques most widely used to elicit information from informants or interviewees, many of which are derived from anthropology. We will thoroughly describe such methods and critically appraise their advantages and limitations based on our personal experience and the published literature. Interviews are the main tool that researchers have to elicit information from study populations. Many techniques are available to conduct interviews, ranging from individual approaches to research conducted with groups of people.

Key words

Ethnobiology Traditional knowledge Local knowledge Methods in Ethnobiology 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ulysses Paulino Albuquerque
    • 1
  • Marcelo Alves Ramos
    • 2
  • Reinaldo Farias Paiva de Lucena
    • 3
  • Nélson Leal Alencar
    • 4
  1. 1.Laboratory of Applied and Theoretical Ethnobiology, Department of BiologyFederal Rural University of PernambucoRecifeBrazil
  2. 2.Departamento de Ciências BiológicasUniversidade de PernambucoNazaré da MataBrazil
  3. 3.Departamento de Fitotecnia e Ciências AmbientaisUniversidade Federal da Paraíba, Centro de Ciências AgráriasAreiaBrazil
  4. 4.Universidade Federal do PiauíFlorianoBrazil

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