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The !Kung San : Men, Women and Work in a Foraging Society - Richard Borshay Lee

The !Kung San

Men, Women and Work in a Foraging Society

Paperback Published: 21st April 1980
ISBN: 9780521295611
Number Of Pages: 556

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For most of human history hunting and gathering was a universal way of life. Richard Borshay Lee spent over three years conducting fieldwork among the Kung San, an isolated population of 1,000 in northern Botswana. When Lee began his work in 19863, the Kung San were one of the last of the world"s people to live this life. By 1973, when Lee last lived with the group, it appeared that they Kung were a society on the threshold of a transformation that signalled the end of foraging as an independent way of life, at least in Africa. The Kung San: Men, Women and Work in a Foraging Society, an ecological and historical study, is Professor Lee"s major statement on his research. By maintaining simultaneous historical and synchronic perspectives, Lee is able to extend his analysis of core features from the contemporary Kung to prehistoric societies. These basic principles become the means to understanding the form of human life that has been obscured by the developments and complications of societies during the last few thousand years.

List of tables and figures
Preface
Note on orthography
Introduction: !Kung ecology and society
Fieldwork with the !Kung
San, Bushman, Basarwa: a question of names
The Dobe area: its people and their history
The environment
Technology and the organisation of production
An inventory of plant resources
The mongongo
Hunting
Men, women and work
The allocation of nutritional stress
Production and reproduction
Ownership, leadership and the use of space
Conflict and violence
Economic and social change in the 1960s and 1970s
The lessons of the !Kung
Appendix A-E
Bibliography
Index
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ISBN: 9780521295611
ISBN-10: 0521295610
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 556
Published: 21st April 1980
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 3.2
Weight (kg): 0.81