Ethnozoology: Animals In Our Lives by Romulo Romeu Nobrega AlvesEthnozoology: Animals In Our Lives by Romulo Romeu Nobrega Alves

Ethnozoology: Animals In Our Lives

byRomulo Romeu Nobrega AlvesEditorUlysses Paulino Albuquerque

Paperback | November 13, 2017

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Ethnozoology: Animals In Our Livesrepresents the first book about this discipline, providing a discussion on key themes on human-animal interactions and their implications, along with recent major advances in research.

Humans share the world with a bewildering variety of other animals, and have interacted with them in different ways. This variety of interactions (both past and present) is investigated through ethnozoology, which is a hybrid discipline structured with elements from both the natural and social sciences, as it seeks to understand how humans have perceived and interacted with faunal resources throughout history.

In a broader context, ethnozoology, and its companion discipline, ethnobotany, form part of the larger body of the science of ethnobiology. In recent years, the importance of ethnozoological/ethnobiological studies has increasingly been recognized, unsurprisingly given the strong human influence on biodiversity.

From the perspective of ethnozoology, the book addresses all aspects of human connection, animals and health, from its use in traditional medicine, to bioprospecting derivatives of fauna for pharmaceuticals, with expert contributions from leading researchers in the field.



  • Draws on editors and contributors extensive research, experience and studies covering ethnozoology and ethnobiology
  • Covers all aspects of human-animal interaction through the lens of this emerging discipline, with coverage of both domestic and wild animal topics
  • Presents topics of great interest to a variety of researchers including those in wildlife/conservation (biologists, ecologists, conservationists) and domestic-related disciplines (psychologists, sociologists)
Rômulo R.N. Alves is a biologist (Ph.D. in Zoology, 2006) with a keen interest in the connections between humans and animals. His areas of academic interest are ethnozoology and wildlife trade, uses and conservation, zootherapy, and human ecology. He has conducted ethnobiological research for the last ten years, which focuses on ethnoz...
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Title:Ethnozoology: Animals In Our LivesFormat:PaperbackDimensions:616 pages, 8.75 × 6.35 × 0.68 inPublished:November 13, 2017Publisher:Academic PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0128099135

ISBN - 13:9780128099131

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction: animals in our lives 2. Zooarcheology: investigating past interactions between humans and animals (provisional title) 3. Studying ethnozoology in historical documents 4. The connections between people and animals 5. Ethnozoology: conceptual and historical aspects 6. Ethnotaxonomy 7. Fauna on the menu: animals as food sources 8. Game and bushmeat (provisional title) 9. Fisheries (provisional title) 10. Insects as food 11. Animals and human health 12. Animals as pets 13. Animals in mythology and cryptozoology (provisional title) 14. Animals in religion 15. Animals in symbolism, art and literature 16. Animal as ornaments, decoration and tools 17. Animal domestication (provisional title) 18. Animals in movies 19. Animals in military and policy activities 20. Animals in education (provisional title) 21. Can animals predict the weather? 22. Animal traction and transport 23. Menageries, zoos and aquariums (provisional title) 24. Animals in sport and entertainment (provisional title) 25. Conflicts between animals and people 26. Animal welfare 27. Human attitudes toward and knowledge of animals 28. The role of ethnozoology in animal studies 29. Ethnoozoology and animal conservation 30. Ethnozoology: an overview and current perspectives