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

Hunters and Herders of Southern Africa

A Comparative Ethnography of the Khoisan Peoples

Paperback Published: 11th May 1992
ISBN: 9780521428651
Number Of Pages: 380

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The Khoisan are a cluster of southern African peoples, including the famous Bushmen or San "hunters," the Khoekhoe "herders" (in the past called "Hottentots"), and the Damara, also a herding people. Most Khoisan live in the Kalihari desert and surrounding areas of Botswana and Namibia. Despite differences in their ways of life, the various groups have much in common, and this book explores these similarities and the influence of environment on their culture and social organization. This is the first book on the Khoisan as a whole to be published since the 1930s.

'Alan Barnard has written a book that no scholar in the area of Khosian studies and few students in the wider field of hunter-gatherer studies can afford to ignore ... To assemble all of the relevant ethnographic data on so crucial a group of hunter-gatherers in one volume and to accompany the same with crisp, topical discussions of some of the current issues of theory ... is to produce a book of the highest scholarly relevance. Hunters and Herders is a worthy successor indeed to The Khoisan People!.' Current Anthropology 'Because of its detailed and comprehensive nature, this book should be used extensively by both scholars of the Khoisan people in all disciplines as well as by government and other agencies working for their welfare. It undoubtedly makes a great contribution to our understanding of the Khoisan and their cosmology, and indeed will serve as a refernce book on the subject for a long time to come.' SOAS 'Barnard's book is at once an encyclopedic compendium of Khoisan ethnography, in the widest sense, and an attempt at structuralist comparison between the various ethnographies. His survey is exemplary ... both as description and as controlled comparison, his books is immensely valuable.' African Affairs ' ... immensely valuable.' African Affairs 'brilliantly written and as excellently documented and produced ... as one would expect from a book of such high standard.' Anthropos

List of figures and mapsp. xi
List of tablesp. xiii
Prefacep. xv
A note on orthographyp. xviii
The Khoisan peoples
Introductionp. 3
Ethnic classification, origins, and history of the Khoisan peoplesp. 16
A survey of Khoisan ethnography
The !Kungp. 39
The !Xo and Eastern [not equal] Hoap. 62
The Southern Bushmenp. 77
The G/wi and G//ana of the central Kalaharip. 98
The Eastern and Northern Khoe Bushmenp. 117
The Nharop. 134
The Cape Khoekhoe and Koranap. 156
The Nama and othersp. 176
The Damara and Hai//omp. 199
Comparisons and transformations
Settlement and territoriality among the desert-dwelling Bushmenp. 223
Politics and exchange in Khoisan societyp. 237
Aspects of Khoisan religious ideologyp. 251
Bushman kinship: correspondences and differencesp. 264
Khoe kinship: underlying structures and transformationsp. 282
Conclusionsp. 295
Referencesp. 303
Indexp. 337
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ISBN: 9780521428651
ISBN-10: 0521428653
Series: Cambridge Studies in Social and Cultural Anthropology
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 380
Published: 11th May 1992
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.88  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.54