Nisa: The Life and Words of a !Kung Woman / Edition 1

Nisa: The Life and Words of a !Kung Woman / Edition 1

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by Marjorie Shostak
     
 

ISBN-10: 0674004329

ISBN-13: 9780674004320

Pub. Date: 11/10/2000

Publisher: Harvard

This book is the story of the life of Nisa, a member of the !Kung tribe of hunter-gatherers from southern Africa's Kalahari desert. Told in her own words—earthy, emotional, vivid—to Marjorie Shostak, a Harvard anthropologist who succeeded, with Nisa's collaboration, in breaking through the immense barriers of language and culture, the story is a fascinating…  See more details below

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This book is the story of the life of Nisa, a member of the !Kung tribe of hunter-gatherers from southern Africa's Kalahari desert. Told in her own words—earthy, emotional, vivid—to Marjorie Shostak, a Harvard anthropologist who succeeded, with Nisa's collaboration, in breaking through the immense barriers of language and culture, the story is a fascinating view of a remarkable woman.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674004320
Publisher:
Harvard
Publication date:
11/10/2000
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
51,307
Product dimensions:
6.12(w) x 9.12(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

  • Introduction
  • 1. Earliest Memories
  • 2. Family Life
  • 3. Life in the Bush
  • 4. Discovering Sex
  • 5. Trial Marriages
  • 6. Marriage
  • 7. Wives and Co-Wives
  • 8. First Birth
  • 9. Motherhood and Loss
  • 10. Change
  • 11. Women and Men
  • 12. Taking Lovers
  • 13. A Healing Ritual
  • 14. Further Losses
  • 15. Growing Older
  • Epilogue
  • Notes
  • Glossary
  • Acknowledgments
  • Index

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Nisa: The Life and Words of a Kung Woman 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the ONLY book I enjoyed reading in my college career. I wouldve never picked it up on my own. This book is a must read.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
The !Kung makes you appriciate everything in your life. It made me realize that I am so blessed to have everything; food on the table, music to listen to. !Kung is an interesting look at the life and culture of someone half way around the world; it made me open my eyes to the reality that some people are not as fortunate and some ideas are not the same.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book will help one appreciate what one has. I couldn't put the book down. This book was required for a cultural anthropology class, I am glad the professor chose this book, Nisa is neat. The life of the !Kung is one that I could never have imagined ever existed.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Shostak wrote a great ethnography over the like of the Kung. It's along the lines of an autobgraphy from Nisa herself along with helpful insight from Shostak. I highly recommend people to read this.