The Dobe Ju/'hoansi

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Harcourt Brace College Publishers, 1993 - Social Science - 207 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.

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User Review  - Jurij Fedorov - Goodreads

A good read with many wonderful anecdotes and small stories. These things must be heard by all of us. Pro: I don't need to write anything good about this book. If you like anthropology you will ... Read full review

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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


The Juhoansi
The People of the Dobe Area
Environment and Settlement

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Richard B. Lee is Professor of Anthropology at the University of Toronto, author of The !Kung San (1979) and The Dobe Ju'hoansi (second edition, 1993), and co-editor, with Irven Devore, of Man and Hunter (1968) and Kalahari Hunter-Gatherers (1976), and, with Eleanor Leacok, of Politics and History in Band Societies (1982).

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