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Cultural Diversity among Twentieth-Century Foragers

Cultural Diversity among Twentieth-Century Foragers
An African Perspective

  • Editor: Susan Kent, Old Dominion University, Virginia
Susan Kent, George Silberbauer, Mathias Guenther, Alan Barnard, Thomas Widlok, Helga Vierich, Robert Hitchcock, Nicholas Blurton Jones, Kristen Hawkes, James O'Connell, Roderic Blackburn, Barry Hewlett, Daou V. Joiris, Mitsuo Ichikawa, Hideaki Terashima, Nurit Bird-David
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  • Date Published: November 2006
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521026000

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  • This book examines variability within broadly defined African forager societies, such as the Basarwa, Pygmies, Hadza and others. Foragers have been seen as culturally similar in that they all pursue a subsistence strategy that emphasizes hunting and gathering. However, research suggests there may be more diversity among groups than has previously been acknowledged. It is important to understand why diversity occurs within foraging societies and how this diversity compares with various societies. Here, leading scholars in the field compare and contrast various groups within more broadly defined forager societies. The chapters, which range in orientation from symbolic to ecological and behavioural, are based on rich ethnographic detail and the volume provides invaluable data on hunter-gatherer life that will interest anyone concerned with past or present foragers.

    • A rich ethnography of contemporary African hunter-gatherers which will be of interest to a wide range of scholars
    • Based on research which dispels common myths about hunter-gatherers and their foraging way of life
    • Draws on leading scholars in the field with diverse backgrounds and theoretical orientations
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    • Date Published: November 2006
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521026000
    • length: 360 pages
    • dimensions: 233 x 151 x 19 mm
    • weight: 0.51kg
    • contains: 11 maps
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of illustrations
    List of contributors
    1. Cultural diversity among African foragers: causes and implications Susan Kent
    Part I. Southern African Foragers:
    2. Neither are your ways my ways George Silberbauer
    3. Diversity and flexibility: the case of the Bushmen of Southern Africa Mathias Guenther
    4. Nharo and Hai//om settlement patterns in comparative perspective Alan Barnard and Thomas Widlok
    5. Kua: farmer/foragers of the eastern Kalahari, Botswana Helga Vierich and Robert Hitchcock
    6. Hunting variability at a recently sedentary Kalahari village Susan Kent
    Part II. Eastern African Foragers:
    7. The global process and local ecology: how should we explain differences between the Hadza and the !Kung? Nicholas Blurton Jones, Kristen Hawkes and James O'Connell
    8. Fission, fusion, and foragers in East Africa: micro- and macroprocesses of diversity and integration among Okiek groups Roderic Blackburn
    Part III. Central African Foragers:
    9. Cultural diversity among African pygmies Barry Hewlett
    10. A comparative approach to hunting rituals among Baka Pygmies (southeastern Cameroon) Daou V. Joiris
    11. Cultural diversity in the use of plants by the Mbuti hunter-gatherers in northeastern Zaire: an ethnobotanical approach Mitsuo Ichikawa and Hideaki Terashima
    Part IV. Commentary:
    12. Hunter-gatherer research and cultural diversity Nurit Bird-David
    References
    Index.

  • Editor

    Susan Kent, Old Dominion University, Virginia

    Contributors

    Susan Kent, George Silberbauer, Mathias Guenther, Alan Barnard, Thomas Widlok, Helga Vierich, Robert Hitchcock, Nicholas Blurton Jones, Kristen Hawkes, James O'Connell, Roderic Blackburn, Barry Hewlett, Daou V. Joiris, Mitsuo Ichikawa, Hideaki Terashima, Nurit Bird-David

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