The Dobe Ju/'Hoansi (Google eBook)

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Cengage Learning, Feb 27, 2012 - Social Science - 320 pages
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This classic, bestselling study of the !Kung San, foragers of the Dobe area of the Kalahari Desert describes a people's reactions to the forces of modernization, detailing relatively recent changes to !Kung rituals, beliefs, social structure, marriage and kinship system. It documents their determination to take hold of their own destiny, despite exploitation of their habitat and relentless development to assert their political rights and revitalize their communities. Use of the name Ju/'hoansi (meaning real people) acknowledges their new sense of empowerment. Since the publication of the Third Edition in 2003, Richard Lee has made eight further trips to the Kalahari, the most recent in 2010 and 2011. The Dobe and Nyae Nyae Areas have continued to transform and the people have had to respond and adapt to the pressures of capitalist economics and bureaucratic governance of the Namibian and Botswana states. This Fourth Edition chronicles and bears witness to these evolving social conditions and their impacts on lives of the Ju/'hoansi.
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Review: The Dobe Ju/'Hoansi

User Review  - Veronica - Goodreads

I learned so much about hunter/gatherers through this book. I was required to read it for Anthropology in college. I thought it was going to be boring but I actually enjoyed it. I understood it without any problems and I actually learned from it. Read full review

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User Review  - Michelle Bizzell - Goodreads

This is the first Anthropology book that I have read, but I quote enjoyed it. Read full review

Contents

The Juhoansi
1
The People of the Dobe Area
9
Environment and Settlement
25
Subsistence Foraging for a Living
41
Kinship and Social Organization
65
Marriage and Sexuality
85
Complaint Discourse Aging and Caregiving among the Juhoansi
101
Conflict Politics and Exchange
121
The Juhoansi Today
183
Tsumkwe at 50 The 2010 Social Survey of a Namibian Juhoan Town
215
Anthropological Practice and Lessons of the Juhoansi
229
The Gwihaba Dancers
239
Eating Christmas in the Kalahari
245
The Kalahari Debate Juhoan Images of the Colonial Encounter
253
Glossary of Juhoan and Other NonEnglish Terms
269
An Annotated List
271

Coping with Life Religion World View and Healing
137
The Juhoansi and Their Neighbors
155
Perceptions and Directions of Social Change
165

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