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Why is the shark not an animal? On the Division of life-form categories in Oceania

Malm, Thomas LU (2010) In SPC Traditional Marine Resource management and Knowledge Information Bulletin p.17-22
Abstract
In Oceania, there is a strong linguistic link between terms for marine resource exploitation and the division of life forms. Aspects of this relationship (especially in Cook Islands and Tonga) are described and discussed in this paper from a cross-cultural perspective. A Polynesian response to the question of why the shark is not an animal shows that modern science, which is a "science of the abstract", has something to learn from traditional taxonomy, which is a "science of the concrete".
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Polynesia, Oceania, life-form, Ethnobiology, ethnotaxonomy, Cook Islands, Tonga
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SPC Traditional Marine Resource management and Knowledge Information Bulletin
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27
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17 - 22
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Secretariat of the Pacific Community
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1025-7497
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English
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  abstract     = {In Oceania, there is a strong linguistic link between terms for marine resource exploitation and the division of life forms. Aspects of this relationship (especially in Cook Islands and Tonga) are described and discussed in this paper from a cross-cultural perspective. A Polynesian response to the question of why the shark is not an animal shows that modern science, which is a "science of the abstract", has something to learn from traditional taxonomy, which is a "science of the concrete".},
  author       = {Malm, Thomas},
  issn         = {1025-7497},
  keyword      = {Polynesia,Oceania,life-form,Ethnobiology,ethnotaxonomy,Cook Islands,Tonga},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {27},
  pages        = {17--22},
  publisher    = {Secretariat of the Pacific Community},
  series       = {SPC Traditional Marine Resource management and Knowledge Information Bulletin},
  title        = {Why is the shark not an animal? On the Division of life-form categories in Oceania},
  year         = {2010},
}