Why the ongoing occupation of Ukraine matters to ethnobiology

Pieroni, Andrea (2022) Why the ongoing occupation of Ukraine matters to ethnobiology. Journal of Ethnobiology and Ethnomedicine.

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Ethnobiology and ethnomedicine investigate the continuously changing complex and inextricable relations among culture, nature, and health. Since the emergence of modern ethnobiology a few decades ago, its essence and mission have been the study of biocultural diversities and the centers of its inquiries have been and are local communities and their co-evolutionary interrelationships between natural environments and social systems. At the core of ethnobi�ologists’ work there are not only conceptualizations of and refections on others’ views about nature and the universe, but also a robust commitment to advocacy in defense of these assemblages of local ecological knowledge, practices, and beliefs (LEK). Homogenization processes and therefore erosion of LEK have occurred throughout history in difer�ent ways: from colonialism to industrialization, and from fnancialization to globalization; however, we cannot forget the role played by centripetal states and even dictatorships in this process, nor the associated political ideology of nationalism, which has often elicited and justifed policies aimed at standardizing diversities within state borders. Our research groups have been working since eight years together with local communities in Ukrainian rural areas and documented a remarkable erosion of LEK during the Soviet times, yet an extraordinary surviving biocultural diversity occurs; the ongoing military occupation of Ukraine could further threaten this heritage. While citizens’ attention now should be on efectively supporting those who are experiencing hardships during this traumatic time, ethnobiologists will be called hopefully soon to directly participate in rebuilding the biocultural “cobwebs” damaged by the military operations.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Ethnobiology, Biocultural diversity, Ukraine
Subjects: Q Science > Q Science (General)
Q Science > QH Natural history > QH301 Biology
Q Science > QK Botany
U Military Science > U Military Science (General)
Depositing User: ePrints deposit
Date Deposited: 13 Oct 2022 07:23
Last Modified: 13 Oct 2022 07:23
URI: http://eprints.tiu.edu.iq/id/eprint/1008

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