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Nisa
     

Nisa

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by Marjorie Shostak
 

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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

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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.

Editorial Reviews

New York Times
[A] scrupulous, sad, exciting book.
Wall Street Journal

Nisa is a humbling and inspiring book.
— Tim Jeal

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Both Nisa and Shostak are unusual people, and their collaboration has resulted in an unparalleled account of !Kung life from a personal rather than social or ecological perspective. Even more important, their work results in a revelation of the universality of women's experiences and feelings despite vast differences in culture and society. Nisa helps us know what it means to be !Kung, to be a woman, and finally, to be human.
New York Review of Books
We have a remarkable anthropologist to thank for an absorbing account.
George Marcus
When I reread Nisa, as I have done regularly in teaching over the years, I experience its originality, poignancy, and excitement afresh each time. Few books that were so influential in changing the look and feel of ethnography for entire generations of anthropologists have held up so well. It is a classic, with currency and continuing possibility.
Wall Street Journal - Tim Jeal
Nisa is a humbling and inspiring book.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674043596
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Publication date:
06/30/2009
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
486,354
File size:
583 KB

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When I reread Nisa, as I have done regularly in teaching over the years, I experience its originality, poignancy, and excitement afresh each time. Few books that were so influential in changing the look and feel of ethnography for entire generations of anthropologists have held up so well. It is a classic, with currency and continuing possibility.

Meet the Author

Marjorie Shostak was a Research Associate in the Department of Anthropology at Emory University and an award-winning photographer.

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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.