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Politics and History in Band Societies : Msh - Eleanor Burke Leacock

Politics and History in Band Societies

Msh

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Published: 3rd January 1983
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The papers collected in this volume present important information on the history and culture of contemporary gathering and hunting peoples from Canada, India, Africa, Australia and the Philippines. The volume focuses on two themes: first, on the techniques which band-living foraging peoples employ to organise their social and economic lives; and second, on their fight for the right to their own lands and for a measure of cultural and political autonomy. The contributors maintain that gatherer-hunters are not examples of a disappearing way of life, but peoples who have maintained their social and economic practices through long periods of contact with stratified societies. The aim of this volume it to make known to as wide an audience as possible the daily lives, the patterns of relations between the sexes and the political orientations of the world's contemporary foragers.

Notes on the contributors
Introduction
Dynamics of Egalitarian Foraging Societies
Political process in G/wi bands
Politics, sexual and non-sexual in an egalitarian society
Risk, reciprocity and social influences on !Kung San economics
Descended from father, belonging to country: rights to land in the Australian Western Desert
Living dangerously: the contradictory foundations of value in Canadian Inuit society
The ritualisation of potential conflict between the sexes among the Mbuti
Forgager-farmer Relations
Relations of production in band society
The family, group structuring and trade among South Indian hunter-gatherers
Aka-famer relations in the northwest Congo Basin
Adaptive flexibility in a multi-ethnic setting: the Basarwa of the Southern Kalahari
Patterns of sedentism among the Basarwa of eastern Botswana
Nomads without cattle: East African foragers in historical perspective
In the land of milk and honey: Okiek adaptations to their forests and neighbours
Contemporary Political Struggles
Utter savages of scientific value
From foragers to fighters: South Africa's militarisation of the Namibian
Dene self-determination and the study of hunter-gatherers in the modern world
The future of hunters within nation-states: anthropology and the James Bay Cree
Hydroelectric dam construction and the foraging activities of eastern Quebec Montagnais
The outstation movement in Aboriginal Australia
Aboriginal land rights in the northern territory of Australia
Political consciousness and land rights among the Australian Western Desert people
Indexes
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ISBN: 9780521284127
ISBN-10: 0521284120
Series: Msh
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 516
Published: 3rd January 1983
Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 2.92
Weight (kg): 0.75