Games against Nature: An Eco-Cultural History of the Nunu of Equatorial Africa / Edition 1

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Overview

In this book, Robert Harms makes an important advance toward recovering the history of the people of the rain forest by telling the story of the Nunu, who live in and around swampy floodplains of the middle Zaire River. Using concepts drawn from game theory, Professor Harms explores the changing relationship between nature and culture among the Nunu. Picturing Nunu society as animated by a never-ending competition among lineages and households, he traces how the competition pushed people into new environments, and how adaption to the new environment, in turn, led to new forms of competition.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521655354
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 4/28/2008
  • Series: Studies in Environment and History Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 300
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.67 (d)

Table of Contents

1. Introduction; 2. The antecedents; 3. The tactics; 4; The strategies; 5. The Drylands; 6. The river; 7. The core; 8. The region; 9. The traders; 10. The troubles; 11. The opportunities; 12. The battle; 13. Conclusion: nature and culture.

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