Cultural Diversity among Twentieth-Century Foragers: An African Perspective

Cultural Diversity among Twentieth-Century Foragers: An African Perspective

by Susan Kent
     
 

This book examines variability within broadly defined African forager societies. Foragers have been seen as culturally similar as they all pursue a subsistence strategy emphasising hunting and gathering. However, new research suggests there may be more diversity among groups than has been acknowledged. Here, leading scholars contrast groups with in forager societies.… See more details below

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This book examines variability within broadly defined African forager societies. Foragers have been seen as culturally similar as they all pursue a subsistence strategy emphasising hunting and gathering. However, new research suggests there may be more diversity among groups than has been acknowledged. Here, leading scholars contrast groups with in forager societies. Chapters range in scope from symbolic to ecological and behavioural, providing invaluable data on hunter-gatherer life for anyone concerned with past or present foragers.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521026000
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
03/28/2006
Pages:
360
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.75(d)

Table of Contents

List of illustrations
List of contributors
1Cultural diversity among African foragers: causes and implications1
2Neither are your ways my ways21
3Diversity and flexibility: the case of the Bushmen of southern Africa65
4Nharo and Hai//om settlement patterns in comparative perspective87
5Kua: farmer/foragers of the eastern Kalahari, Botswana108
6Hunting variability at a recently sedentary Kalahari village125
7The global process and local ecology: how should we explain differences between the Hadza and the !Kung?159
8Fission, fusion, and foragers in East Africa: micro- and macroprocesses of diversity and integration among Okiek groups188
9Cultural diversity among African pygmies215
10A comparative approach to hunting rituals among Baka Pygmies (southeastern Cameroon)245
11Cultural diversity in the use of plants by Mbuti hunter-gatherers in northeastern Zaire: an ethnobotanical approach276
12Hunter-gatherer research and cultural diversity297
References305
Index334

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