The Dobe Ju/'hoansi

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Harcourt Brace College Publishers, 1993 - Social Science - 207 pages
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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I read the previous edition earlier this year when I took a cultural anthropology class. This semester I am tutoring the class so I read this edition to keep up to date on the material. Since I'd seen ... Read full review

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This book was interesting. It's the first ethnographic case study book I've read so I wasn't sure what to expect. It reads like most any other textbook with Lee's commentary on his time staying with ... 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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