The Dobe Ju/'Hoansi
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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This is required reading for my Anthropology class.
Interesting as well as informative, this book makes class much more fun. The Ju/'Hoan culture and language is explored in a very consumable fashion. Any person at all interested in other cultures should read this book.
The People of the Dobe Area
Environment and Settlement
Subsistence Foraging for a Living
Kinship and Social Organization
Marriage and Sexuality
Complaint Discourse Aging and Caregiving among the Juhoansi
Conflict Politics and Exchange
The Juhoansi Today
Tsumkwe at 50 The 2010 Social Survey of a Namibian Juhoan Town
Anthropological Practice and Lessons of the Juhoansi
The Gwihaba Dancers
Eating Christmas in the Kalahari
The Kalahari Debate Juhoan Images of the Colonial Encounter
Glossary of Juhoan and Other NonEnglish Terms
An Annotated List