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Politics and History in Band Societies

Politics and History in Band Societies

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Eleanor Leacock, Richard Lee, George Silberbauer, Polly Wiessner, Annette Hamilton, Jean L. Briggs, Colin M. Turnbull, Brian Morris, Serge Bahuchet, Henri Guillaume, Sheila M. Van Wyck, Helga I. D. Vierich, Robert K. Hitchcock, Cynthia Chang, Roderic H. Blackburn, Renato Rosaldo, Susan Hurlich, Michael I. Asch, Harvey A. Feit, Paul Charest, H. C. Coombs, B. G. Dexter, L. R. Hiat, Nicholas Peterson, Daniel A. Vachon
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  • Date Published: September 1982
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521284127

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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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    • Date Published: September 1982
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521284127
    • length: 516 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 29 mm
    • weight: 0.75kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Notes on the contributors
    Introduction Eleanor Leacock and Richard Lee
    Part I. Dynamics of Egalitarian Foraging Societies:
    1. Political process in G/wi bands George Silberbauer
    2. Politics, sexual and non-sexual in an egalitarian society Richard Lee
    3. Risk, reciprocity and social influences on !Kung San economics Polly Wiessner
    4. Descended from father, belonging to country: rights to land in the Australian Western Desert Annette Hamilton
    5. Living dangerously: the contradictory foundations of value in Canadian Inuit society Jean L. Briggs
    6. The ritualisation of potential conflict between the sexes among the Mbuti Colin M. Turnbull
    Part II. Forgager-farmer Relations:
    7. Relations of production in band society Eleanor Leacock
    8. The family, group structuring and trade among South Indian hunter-gatherers Brian Morris
    9. Aka-famer relations in the northwest Congo Basin Serge Bahuchet and Henri Guillaume, translated by Sheila M. Van Wyck
    10. Adaptive flexibility in a multi-ethnic setting: the Basarwa of the Southern Kalahari Helga I. D. Vierich
    11. Patterns of sedentism among the Basarwa of eastern Botswana Robert K. Hitchcock
    12. Nomads without cattle: East African foragers in historical perspective Cynthia Chang
    13. In the land of milk and honey: Okiek adaptations to their forests and neighbours Roderic H. Blackburn
    Part III. Contemporary Political Struggles:
    14. Utter savages of scientific value Renato Rosaldo
    15. From foragers to fighters: South Africa's militarisation of the Namibian San Richard Lee and Susan Hurlich
    16. Dene self-determination and the study of hunter-gatherers in the modern world Michael I. Asch
    17. The future of hunters within nation-states: anthropology and the James Bay Cree Harvey A. Feit
    18. Hydroelectric dam construction and the foraging activities of eastern Quebec Montagnais Paul Charest
    19. The outstation movement in Aboriginal Australia H. C. Coombs, B. G. Dexter and L. R. Hiatt
    20. Aboriginal land rights in the northern territory of Australia Nicholas Peterson
    21. Political consciousness and land rights among the Australian Western Desert people Daniel A. Vachon
    Indexes.

  • Editor

    Eleanor Leacock, City College, City University of New York

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    Richard Lee, University of Toronto

    Contributors

    Eleanor Leacock, Richard Lee, George Silberbauer, Polly Wiessner, Annette Hamilton, Jean L. Briggs, Colin M. Turnbull, Brian Morris, Serge Bahuchet, Henri Guillaume, Sheila M. Van Wyck, Helga I. D. Vierich, Robert K. Hitchcock, Cynthia Chang, Roderic H. Blackburn, Renato Rosaldo, Susan Hurlich, Michael I. Asch, Harvey A. Feit, Paul Charest, H. C. Coombs, B. G. Dexter, L. R. Hiat, Nicholas Peterson, Daniel A. Vachon

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