Ethnicity, Hunter Gatherers and the Other : Association or Assimilation in Africa
As the world continues to shrink owing to globalization, the need to understand the diversity of culturally distinct societies and their interactions with neighboring groups becomes greaterthan ever. Susan Kent has invited an international team of experts to present their insights into how one type of society, African hunter-gatherers, has managed to survive long past the first contactbetween foragers, farmers, and pastoralists. The contributors explore many issues, including culture change, trade, tribute, inter-group relations, autonomy, dependence, and differential contact histories and rates of change. They consider why the association of hunter-gatherers with non-hunter-gatherers has sometimes led to trade between autonomous societies and in other cases has led to assimilation. Ethnicity, Hunter-Gatherers, and the "Other" illuminates both past and present foraging societies by presenting new data and reinterpreting previously collected data within the framwork of inter-group interactions.
- Hardback | 360 pages
- 161 x 238 x 26.2mm | 603.29g
- 31 Dec 2002
- Smithsonian Books
- Smithsonian Institution Scholarly Press
- Washington, United States
About Susan Kent
Susan Kent was an eminent scholar and professor of sociology at Old Dominion University. In 1999 she received the Charles O. and Elisabeth C. Burgess Faculty Research and Creativity Award, and in May 2000 was named an eminent scholar for her long and consistent record of outstanding scholarly publications and her national and international reputation in the field of anthropology.
Table of contents
Chapter 1 Interethnic Encounters of the First Kind: An Introduction Chapter 2 Encapsulated Bushmen in the Archaeology of Thamaga Chapter 3 Autonomy or Serfdom? Relations between Prehistoric Neighboring Hunter-Gatherers and Farmer/Pastoralists in Southern Africa Chapter 4 Optimistic Realism or Opportunistic Subordination? The Interaction of the G/ wi and G/ / ana with Outsiders Chapter 5 Independence, Resistance, Accommodation, Persistence: Hunter-Gatherers and Agropastoralists in the Ghanzi Veld, Early 1800s to Mid-1900s Chapter 6 Dangerous Interactions: The Repercussions of Western Culture, Missionaries, and Disease in Southern Africa Chapter 7 Solitude or Servitude? Ju/'hoansi Images of the Colonial Encounter Chapter 8 Cultural Contact in Africa, Past and Present: Multidisciplinary Perspectives on the Status of African Foragers Chapter 9 The Complexities of Association and Assimilation: An Ethnographic Overview Chapter 10 Why the Hadza Are Still Hunter-Gatherers Chapter 11 Putting Hunter-Gatherer and Farmer Relations in Perspective: A Commentary from Central Africa