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The ethnocategory ''insect'' in the conception of the inhabitants of Tapera County, São Gonçalo dos Campos, Bahia, Brazil.
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PMID:  17625679     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
This article deals with the construction of the "insect" ethnozoological dominium by the inhabitants of Tapera County, which is located in the municipality of São Gonçalo dos Campos, Bahia State. Data were obtained from March to May 2005 through open-ended interviews carried out with 23 men and 8 women, whose ages ranged from 6 to 66 years old. Interviewees were asked about how they perceived and defined the animals considered as "insects", which types they knew, and if they used them as food resource. Most of the interviews were tape-recorded, and semi-literal transcriptions are kept at the Ethnobiology Laboratory of the Universidade Estadual de Feira de Santana. Considering the ethnozoological classification system of the inhabitants of Tapera, the term "insect" is a broad semantic category that brings together animals of different and not systematically related taxonomic groups. Apparently, these animals are culturally perceived and categorized as "insects" because they are usually considered as noxious, disgusting, and disease carrier creatures. True insects can be excluded from this ethnocategory due to the perception people have that such animals do not cause "injuries" or because they are useful. Perceptions toward these animals imply ambiguous behavior and feelings, which range from more positive attitudes (conservative) to more negative (destructive).
Eraldo M Costa-Neto; Henrique F Magalhães
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Anais da Academia Brasileira de Ciências     Volume:  79     ISSN:  0001-3765     ISO Abbreviation:  An. Acad. Bras. Cienc.     Publication Date:  2007 Jun 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2007-07-12     Completed Date:  2007-12-03     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7503280     Medline TA:  An Acad Bras Cienc     Country:  Brazil    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  239-49     Citation Subset:  IM    
Departamento de Ciências Biológicas, Universidade Estadual de Feira de Santana, Feira de Santana, BA, Brazil.
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MeSH Terms
Brazil / ethnology
Insects / anatomy & histology,  classification*
Interviews as Topic
Middle Aged

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