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Culture and Resource Conflict: Why Meanings Matter by Douglas L. Medin

By Douglas L. Medin

In a multi-cultural society, differing worldviews between teams may end up in clash over competing values and behaviors. Nowhere is that this rigidity extra concrete than within the desolate tract, the place humans of other cultures hunt and fish for a similar animals. White americans are likely to see nature as whatever exterior which they've got a few accountability to take care of. against this, local american citizens usually tend to see themselves as one with nature. In Culture and source Conflict, authors Douglas Medin, Norbert Ross, and Douglas Cox examine the discord among whites and Menominee American Indians over looking and fishing, and within the technique, give a contribution to our knowing of ways and why cultures so frequently collide.

Based on distinct ethnographic and experimental examine, Culture and source Conflict unearths that local American and eu American hunters and fishermen have differing approaches—or psychological models—with admire to fish and video game, and that those adjustments bring about false impression, stereotyping, and clash. Menominee examine the perform of looking and fishing for game as an indication of a scarcity of admire for nature. Whites, nevertheless, outline recognize for nature extra on grounds of source administration and conservation. a few whites believe—contrary to fact—that local american citizens are depleting animal populations with over the top looking and fishing, whereas the Menominee protest that they simply hunt what they want and make vast use in their trap. but the authors locate that, regardless of those ameliorations, the 2 teams percentage the elemental underlying aim of maintaining fish and online game for destiny generations, and either teams see looking and fishing as deeply significant actions. At its center, the clash among those teams is extra approximately distrust and stereotyping than real war of words over values.

Combining the strengths of psychology and anthropology, Culture and source Conflict exhibits how misunderstandings in regards to the factors of others can result in hostility and clash. As debates over common assets rage around the world, this particular booklet demonstrates the hindrances that needs to be conquer for various teams to arrive consensus over environmental policy.

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He then compared the data to previous results and found that specimens the college students saw as perceptually similar corresponded with closely related birds according to scientific taxonomy, and also tended to be the ones found to be most similar and thus confu­ sable by Peruvian natives. This finding is impressive in that it shows two completely distinct cultures performing quite similarly with the same bi­ ological kinds. Formal scientific taxonomy is something of a yardstick, and the dis­ tance between any two biological kinds in folk taxonomies tends to correlate with their distance in scientific taxonomies (Atran 1990).

In contrast, the Itza' reported as many helping as hurting re­ lations and four times as many helping relations as the Ladinos. In many cases Ladinos and Itza' appeared to be drawing the opposite conclusions from the same observations. For example, Ladinos tended to report that birds hurt the fruit trees by digesting their seeds. Itza' had a more nu­ anced interpretation, saying that if the seed coat is soft, eating the seeds destroys them, but that if the seed coat is hard, then digestion plus fertil­ ization by birds by means of their excrement help the seed to germinate.

The Q'eqchi' have a very impoverished model and report few relations for plants helping animals and almost no rela­ tions for animals affecting plants. Ladinos appear to have more of a hier­ archical model in which plants help animals and animals help people but they do not conceptualize animals as helping plants. Finally, the Itza' have a rich, reciprocal ecological model in which plants help animals and animals help plants. We also asked informants from each of these groups about how they used various plants and whether people of their own community helped, hurt, or had no effect on the twenty-eight plants (Atran et al.

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