Australian People and Animals in Today's Dreamtime: The Role of Comparative Psychology in the Management of Natural Resources

Synopsis

This volume affirms how comparative psychology can help confront global environmental problems by analyzing and comparing the behaviors of humans and animals. This often complex relationship is clarified and given fresh insight as each paper in the collection examines some aspect of that relationship as it pertains to the ecological concerns of Australia. Data reported from aboriginal sources trace the development of the behaviors of many native species with a respect for indigenous people's knowledge and technology regarding their natural resources. The study's commitment to the renewal of environmental stability is far-reaching as it finds clues to the nature of a population's values and illustrates the need for diverse peoples to learn from each other in order to survive.