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Sacred Ecology

4th Edition

By Fikret Berkes

© 2018 – Routledge

376 pages | 32 B/W Illus.

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About the Book

Sacred Ecology examines bodies of knowledge held by indigenous and other rural peoples around the world, and asks how we can learn from this knowledge and ways of knowing. Berkes explores the importance of local and indigenous knowledge as a complement to scientific ecology, and its cultural and political significance for indigenous groups themselves. With updates of relevant links for further learning and over 150 new references, the fourth edition gives increased voice to indigenous authors, and reflects the remarkable increase in published local observations of climate change.

Table of Contents

1 Context of Traditional Ecological Knowledge

2 Traditional Knowledge Comes of Age

3 Intellectual Roots of Traditional Ecological Knowledge

4 Traditional Knowledge Systems in Practice

5 Cree Worldview "From the Inside"

6 A Story of Caribou and Social Learning

7 Cree Fishing Practices as Adaptive Management

8 Climate Change and Indigenous Ways of Knowing

9 Holism of Indigenous Knowledge, Complex Systems, and Fuzzy Logic

10 How Local and Traditional Knowledge Develops

11 Indigenous Knowledge in Context: Myths, Worldviews, Contemporary Applications

12 Toward a Unity of Mind and Nature

About the Author

Fikret Berkes is Distinguished Professor and Tier 1 Canada Research Chair at the Natural Resources Institute, University of Manitoba, Canada. His studies on community-based resource management and the use of commons in a number of regions of the world have led to insights regarding the management of coastal and marine resources. Dr. Berkes has authored some 250 peer-reviewed journal papers and chapters and ten books, including Sacred Ecology (Routledge, 2012), Navigating Social-Ecological Systems (Cambridge University Press, 2003), and Managing Small-Scale Fisheries (IDRC, 2001).

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General