Politics and History in Band Societies

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Eleanor Leacock, Richard B. Lee
CUP Archive, Sep 30, 1982 - Social Science - 500 pages
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The papers collected in this volume present important information on the history and culture of contemporary gathering and hunting peoples from Canada, India, Africa, Australia and the Philippines. The volume focuses on two themes: first, on the techniques which band-living foraging peoples employ to organise their social and economic lives; and second, on their fight for the right to their own lands and for a measure of cultural and political autonomy. The contributors maintain that gatherer-hunters are not examples of a disappearing way of life, but peoples who have maintained their social and economic practices through long periods of contact with stratified societies. The aim of this volume it to make known to as wide an audience as possible the daily lives, the patterns of relations between the sexes and the political orientations of the world's contemporary foragers.
  

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Contents

Introduction
1
Political process in Gwi bands
23
Politics sexual and nonsexual in an egalitarian society
37
Risk reciprocity and social influences on Kung
61
rights to land
85
the contradictory foundations of value
109
The ritualization of potential conflict between the sexes
133
Relations of production in band society
159
Okiek adaptations to their
283
Utter savages of scientific value
309
South Africas militarization of
327
Dene selfdetermination and the study of huntergatherers
347
anthropology
373
Hydroelectric dam construction and the foraging activities
413
The outstation movement in Aboriginal Australia
427
Aboriginal land rights in the Northern Territory of Australia
441

The family group structuring and trade among South Indian
171
the Basarwa
213
Patterns of sedentism among the Basarwa of eastern Botswana
223
East African foragers in historical
269
Political consciousness and land rights among the Australian
463
Indexes
491
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Eleanor Burke Leacock (1922-1987) was well known for her ethnographic work among primitive societies, and her research is still a formative influence among feminist anthropologists.

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