Culture and Resource Conflict: Why Meanings Matter

Culture and Resource Conflict Why Meanings Matter In a multi cultural society differing worldviews among groups can lead to conflict over competing values and behaviors Nowhere is this tension concrete than in the wilderness where people of differe

  • Title: Culture and Resource Conflict: Why Meanings Matter
  • Author: Douglas L. Medin
  • ISBN: 9780871545701
  • Page: 197
  • Format: Hardcover
  • In a multi cultural society, differing worldviews among groups can lead to conflict over competing values and behaviors Nowhere is this tension concrete than in the wilderness, where people of different cultures hunt and fish for the same animals White Americans tend to see nature as something external which they have some responsibility to care for In contrast, NaIn a multi cultural society, differing worldviews among groups can lead to conflict over competing values and behaviors Nowhere is this tension concrete than in the wilderness, where people of different cultures hunt and fish for the same animals White Americans tend to see nature as something external which they have some responsibility to care for In contrast, Native Americans are likely to see themselves as one with nature In Culture and Resource Conflict, authors Douglas Medin, Norbert Ross, and Douglas Cox investigate the discord between whites and Menominee American Indians over hunting and fishing, and in the process, contribute to our understanding of how and why cultures so often collide.Based on detailed ethnographic and experimental research, Culture and Resource Conflict finds that Native American and European American hunters and fishermen have differing approaches or mental models with respect to fish and game, and that these differences lead to misunderstanding, stereotyping, and conflict Menominee look at the practice of hunting and fishing for sport as a sign of a lack of respect for nature Whites, on the other hand, define respect for nature on grounds of resource management and conservation Some whites believe contrary to fact that Native Americans are depleting animal populations with excessive hunting and fishing, while the Menominee protest that they only hunt what they need and make extensive use of their catch Yet the authors find that, despite these differences, the two groups share the fundamental underlying goal of preserving fish and game for future generations, and both groups see hunting and fishing as deeply meaningful activities At its core, the conflict between these two groups is about mistrust and stereotyping than actual disagreement over values.Combining the strengths of psychology and anthropology, Culture and Resource Conflict shows how misunderstandings about the motives of others can lead to hostility and conflict As debates over natural resources rage worldwide, this unique book demonstrates the obstacles that must be overcome for different groups to reach consensus over environmental policy.

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    1. this book might be hard to get through for those that don't study cognition (read: dry). but, it's of interest anyway. it illustrates to me two major points. 1) the way one organizes knowledge is as important to reasoning as the knowledge one has and 2) currently, the most useful means of studying 'cultural' effects is to study the variance within a population as well as between populations. tricky, tricky stuff. the book does a better job than i do.

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