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Hunters and Herders of Southern Africa: A Comparative Ethnography of the Khoisan Peoples
     

Hunters and Herders of Southern Africa: A Comparative Ethnography of the Khoisan Peoples

by Alan Barnard
 

ISBN-10: 0521411882

ISBN-13: 9780521411882

Pub. Date: 04/28/2004

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

The Khoisan are a cluster of southern African peoples which include the famous Bushmen, or San, 'hunters', the Khoekhoe 'herders' (in the past called 'Hottentots'), and the Damara, also a herding people. The present-day Khoisan include hunter-gatherers, pastoralists, and wage labourers. In spite of differences associated with their economic pursuits, as well as

Overview

The Khoisan are a cluster of southern African peoples which include the famous Bushmen, or San, 'hunters', the Khoekhoe 'herders' (in the past called 'Hottentots'), and the Damara, also a herding people. The present-day Khoisan include hunter-gatherers, pastoralists, and wage labourers. In spite of differences associated with their economic pursuits, as well as differences in language and other aspects of culture, the Khoisan peoples share features of territorial organization, gender relations, kinship, ritual, and cosmology. These represent elements of structures held in common across economic, cultural, linguistic, and 'racial' boundaries. This book focuses on these structures and the diverse forms which they take within Khoisan culture and society. It is written within the framework of regional structural comparison.

Part I examines the theoretical aspects of regional structural comparison, and the prehistory and classification of the Khoisan peoples. Part II presents an extensive ethnographic overview of Khoisan culture and social organization -- the first since 1930. Part III explores facets of Khoisan society in comparative perspective, and, in particular, the complex relationships between environmental conditions, ethno-linguistic boundaries, and processes of change. There are chapters on settlement patterns, politics and exchange, religious belief, and kinship.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521411882
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
04/28/2004
Series:
Cambridge Studies in Social and Cultural Anthropology Series , #85
Pages:
380
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.98(d)

Table of Contents

List of figures and mapsxi
List of tablesxiii
Prefacexv
A note on orthographyxviii
Part IThe Khoisan peoples
1Introduction3
2Ethnic classification, origins, and history of the Khoisan peoples16
Part IIA survey of Khoisan ethnography
3The !Kung39
4The !Xo and Eastern [not equal] Hoa62
5The Southern Bushmen77
6The G/wi and G//ana of the central Kalahari98
7The Eastern and Northern Khoe Bushmen117
8The Nharo134
9The Cape Khoekhoe and Korana156
10The Nama and others176
11The Damara and Hai//om199
Part IIIComparisons and transformations
12Settlement and territoriality among the desert-dwelling Bushmen223
13Politics and exchange in Khoisan society237
14Aspects of Khoisan religious ideology251
15Bushman kinship: correspondences and differences264
16Khoe kinship: underlying structures and transformations282
17Conclusions295
References303
Index337

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