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

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The !Kung San: Men, Women and Work in a Foraging Society
Title:
The !Kung San: Men, Women and Work in a Foraging Society
Author:
Richard Borshay Lee
ISBN:
0521225787
ISBN13:
978-0521225786
Size PDF:
1464 kb
Size epub:
1515 kb
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press (December 12, 1979)
Language:
English
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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.

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