Conservation and Society

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Year
: 2007  |  Volume : 5  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 343--360

Traditional Ecological Knowledge in Conservation Research: Problems and Prospects for their Constructive Engagement


Janna M Shackeroff, Lisa M Campbell 
 Duke University Marine Lab, Nicholas School of the Environment and Earth Sciences, Duke University, 135 Duke Marine Lab Road, Beaufort, NC 28516, USA

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Janna M Shackeroff
Duke University Marine Lab, 135 Duke Marine Lab Road, Beaufort, NC 28516
USA

In response to growing interest in accessing traditional ecological knowledge (TEK) for conservation purposes, we discuss some of the complexi­ties involved in doing TEK research. Specifically, we consider the issues of power and politicisation, ethics and situated knowledge. These are standard issues to be considered in any social scientific endeavour and are particularly compelling when dealing with indigenous groups or cross-cultural contexts. We argue that the human context, and the researcher«SQ»s ability to adequately understand and account for it, will largely determine the success or failure of TEK research. To this end, we offer three broad recommendations for conser­vation researchers hoping to engage TEK. Only through an informed and conscientious approach can TEK be incorporated into mainstream conserva­tion research in a manner beneficial to both conservation and TEK holders.


How to cite this article:
Shackeroff JM, Campbell LM. Traditional Ecological Knowledge in Conservation Research: Problems and Prospects for their Constructive Engagement.Conservat Soc 2007;5:343-360


How to cite this URL:
Shackeroff JM, Campbell LM. Traditional Ecological Knowledge in Conservation Research: Problems and Prospects for their Constructive Engagement. Conservat Soc [serial online] 2007 [cited 2020 Sep 26 ];5:343-360
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