Alluetain ethnoecology and traditional economy: the procurement and production of plant resources in the northern French Alps

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Alluetain ethnoecology and traditional economy: the procurement and production of plant resources in the northern French Alps

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dc.contributor.author Meilleur, Brien A en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2009-10-06T15:59:07Z
dc.date.available 2009-10-06T15:59:07Z
dc.date.issued 1986 en_US
dc.identifier.other b17134316 en_US
dc.identifier.other 13766795 en_US
dc.identifier.other en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1773/6477
dc.description Thesis (Ph. D.)--University of Washington, 1986 en_US
dc.description.abstract This dissertation is an ethnoecological study of land and botanical resource use in the French northern alpine commune of Les Allues. It is based on at least two years of field research and extensive use of regional archives. The primary goals were two: to reconstruct a detailed description of the agro-pastoral system of subsistence production, with an emphasis on cultivation and gathering, and to demonstrate one manner in which folk knowledge of the environment was applied by alpine peasants toward the goals of procuring or producing botanical resources. By recognizing and defining 20-some folk biotopes, or emic habitat categories, and describing how these categories were "used" to order biotic space in conjunction with 250-some folk botanical taxa, this dissertation describes one aspect of the imbrication between cognitive process (gnosis) and practical action (praxis) in economic behavior. It is suggested that the folk biotope would be a useful concept in analyzing subsistence production in any small-scale society with close ties to the land. Several detailed accounts of Alluetain agricultural strategies were provided as a contribution to regional ethnography. en_US
dc.format.extent xii, 467 p. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.rights.uri en_US
dc.subject.other Theses--Anthropology en_US
dc.title Alluetain ethnoecology and traditional economy: the procurement and production of plant resources in the northern French Alps en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US


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