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Ethnobiological Research in Public Markets

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Abstract

Fairs or traditional markets are centers of buying and selling that commercialize plant and animal products and are important for gathering, concentrating, maintaining, and diffusing empirical knowledge about these resources. In this chapter, you will first encounter a brief discussion of questions and hypotheses taken from ethnobiological research on open-air markets. The principal social factors involved in this type of investigation will be presented along with several methodological problems that researchers face while conducting ethnobiological research in centers at which medicinal resources are bought and sold. Finally, practical suggestions and recommendations for conducting rigorous research will be discussed from a scientific viewpoint.

Key words

  • Ethnobotany
  • Ethnozoology
  • Conservation
  • Traditional knowledge
  • Medicinal plants

This chapter was compiled from transcriptions of the text originally published in the Journal of Ethnopharmacology and titled “Medicinal and magic plants from a public market in Northeastern Brazil,” vol 110, pp 76–91, by Albuquerque et al. (2007), reproduced with permission from the publisher Elsevier (License No. 3071441454661).

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Albuquerque, U.P., Monteiro, J.M., Ramos, M.A., de Amorim, E.L.C., Alves, R.R.N. (2014). Ethnobiological Research in Public Markets. In: Albuquerque, U., Cruz da Cunha, L., de Lucena, R., Alves, R. (eds) Methods and Techniques in Ethnobiology and Ethnoecology. Springer Protocols Handbooks. Humana Press, New York, NY. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-8636-7_23

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