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Hierarchies of knowledge: ethnobotanical knowledge, practices and beliefs of the Vhavenda in South Africa for biodiversity conservation

Constant, Natasha and Tshisikakwe, Peter 2018. Hierarchies of knowledge: ethnobotanical knowledge, practices and beliefs of the Vhavenda in South Africa for biodiversity conservation. Journal of Ethnobiology and Ethnomedicine 14 (56) , pp. 1-28. 10.1186/s13002-018-0255-2

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Abstract

Indigenous and local knowledge systems are characterised by a ‘knowledge-practice-belief’ complex that plays a critical role for biodiversity management and conservation on indigenous lands. However, few studies take into consideration the interconnected relationship between the social processes underpinning knowledge accumulation, generation and transmission. The study draws on ethnobotanical research to explore plant uses, practices and belief systems developed among the indigenous Vhavenda in South Africa for sustaining indigenous plant resources and highlights some of the forces of change influencing the acquisition and transmission of knowledge.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Published Online
Status: Published
Schools: Biosciences
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GN Anthropology
Publisher: BioMed Central
ISSN: 1746-4269
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 31 August 2018
Date of Acceptance: 13 August 2018
Last Modified: 31 Aug 2018 12:45
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/114521

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