Anthropology and the Bushman

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'The Bushman' is a perennial but changing image. The transformation of that image is important. It symbolizes the perception of Bushman or San society, of the ideas and values of ethnographers who have worked with Bushman peoples, and those of other anthropologists who use this work.

Anthropology and the Bushman covers early travellers and settlers, classic nineteenth and twentieth-century ethnographers, North American and Japanese ecological traditions, the approaches of African ethnographers, and recent work on...

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Overview

'The Bushman' is a perennial but changing image. The transformation of that image is important. It symbolizes the perception of Bushman or San society, of the ideas and values of ethnographers who have worked with Bushman peoples, and those of other anthropologists who use this work.

Anthropology and the Bushman covers early travellers and settlers, classic nineteenth and twentieth-century ethnographers, North American and Japanese ecological traditions, the approaches of African ethnographers, and recent work on advocacy and social development. It reveals the impact of Bushman studies an anthropology and on the public.

The book highlights how Bushman or San ethnography has contributed to anthropological controversy, for example in the debates on the degree of incorporation of San society within the wider political economy, and on the validity of the case for 'indigenous rights' as a special kind of human rights. Examining the changing image of the Bushman, Barnard provides a new contribution to an established anthropology debate.

About the Author:
Alan Barnard is Professor of the Anthropology of Southern Africa at the University of Edinburgh

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781845204297
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publication date: 6/28/2007
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 6.18 (w) x 9.23 (h) x 0.43 (d)

Meet the Author

Alan Barnard is Professor of the Anthropology of Southern Africa at the University of Edinburgh.

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Table of Contents


List of Figures and Tables     vii
Preface     ix
Introduction     1
From Early Encounters to Early Anthropology     11
Victorian Visions of the Bushman     23
Beckoning of the Kalahari     39
Amateurs and Cultural Ecologists     53
An Original Affluent Society?     67
The Return of Myth and Symbol     83
Kalahari Revisionism and Portrayals of Contact     97
Advocacy, Development and Partnership     113
Representations and Self-representations     129
Reflections and Conclusions     143
References     149
Index     171
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