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The Dobe Ju/’Hoansi

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The Dobe Ju/'Hoansi

Summary

This classic, bestselling study of the !Kung San, foragers of the Dobe area of the Kalahari Desert describes a people's reactions to the forces of modernization, detailing relatively recent changes to !Kung rituals, beliefs, social structure, marriage and kinship system. It documents their determination to take hold of their own destiny, despite exploitation of their habitat and relentless development to assert their political rights and revitalize their communities. Use of the name Ju/'hoansi (meaning "real…

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This is a classic ethnography of the !Kung San people, also known as the Dobe Ju/’hoansi. This book describes many aspects of the life of these people, who live in the Kalahari desert in southern Africa. The Dobe Ju/’hoansi are hunter-gatherers, and this book chronicles the changes in their lifestyle over time.