A vindication of ethnobotany: Between natural and social science

Joan Vallès Xirau, Teresa Garnatje


Ethnobotany, a discipline located at the intersection between natural science and social science, is sometimes misunderstood by researchers from one or other of these fields. In this article we discuss the positive and negative aspects of interdisciplinarity regarding this subject, and we argue for its status as a true science from different points of view. Our conclusion is that ethnobotanical research – like all ethnobiological research in general – undoubtedly exists within the scientific field and is successfully established, active and productive. In addition, ethnobotany is a citizen science: the participation of the population is essential for research, which must be communicated to academia and to the general citizen.


ethnobiology; ethnobotany; citizen science; natural science; social science; multidisciplinarity

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.7203/metode.6.4402


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