The !Kung San

Men, Women and Work in a Foraging Society

by: Richard Borshay Lee

The !Kung San
Author: Richard Borshay Lee

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

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Publication date: 12 December 1979

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ISBN: 0521295610 ISBN 13: 9780521295611

The !Kung San by Richard Borshay Lee

An ecological and historical study, this is Professor Lee's major statement on his research of hunting and gathering communities. Top page

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For most of human history hunting and gathering was a universal way of life. Richard Borshay Lee spent over three years conducting fieldwork among the !Kung San, an isolated population of 1,000 in northern Botswana. When Lee began his work in 19863, the !Kung San were one of the last of the world's people to live this life. By 1973, when Lee last lived with the group, it appeared that they !Kung were a society on the threshold of a transformation that signalled the end of foraging as an independent way of life, at least in Africa. The !Kung San: Men, Women and Work in a Foraging Society, an ecological and historical study, is Professor Lee's major statement on his research. By maintaining simultaneous historical and synchronic perspectives, Lee is able to extend his analysis of core features from the contemporary !Kung to prehistoric societies. These basic principles become the means to understanding the form of human life that has been obscured by the developments and complications of societies during the last few thousand years. Top page

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Publisher & Imprint: Cambridge University Press

City: Cambridge

Pages: 556

More info: height 229 mm width 152 mm weight 810 gr thickness 31 mm

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Age recommended: College/higher education

Subject Indexing & Classification Dewey:(DC19) 305.8963 Library of Congress Subject: DT797 ! Kung (African people)

Record updated at: 25 July, 2014 time: 18:41

Summary The !Kung San List of tables and figures; Preface; Note on orthography; Introduction: !Kung ecology and society; 1. Fieldwork with the !Kung; 2. San, Bushman, Basarwa: a question of names; 3. The Dobe area: its people and their history; 4. The environment; 5. Technology and the organisation of production; 6. An inventory of plant resources; 7. The mongongo; 8. Hunting; 9. Men, women and work; 10. The allocation of nutritional stress; 11. Production and reproduction; 12. Ownership, leadership and the use of space; 13. Conflict and violence; 14. Economic and social change in the 1960s and 1970s; 15. The lessons of the !Kung; Appendix A-E; Bibliography; Index. Top page

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