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Affluence without abundance : the disappearing world of the Bushmen

Author: James Suzman
Publisher: New York : Bloomsbury USA, [2017]
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A vibrant portrait of the "original affluent society '--the Bushmen of southern Africa--by the anthropologist who has spent much of the last twenty-five years documenting their encounter with modernity. If the success of a civilization is measured by its endurance over time, then the Bushmen of the Kalahari are by far the most successful in human history. A hunting and gathering people who made a good living by  Read more...
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History
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Suzman, James.
Affluence without abundance.
New York : Bloomsbury USA, [2017]
(DLC) 2017001196
(OCoLC)990183028
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: James Suzman
ISBN: 9781632865748 1632865742
OCLC Number: 993625252
Description: 1 online resource.
Contents: Old times --
The rewards of hard work --
The mother hill --
A beachside brawl --
The settlers --
Living in the moment --
Tsumkwe Road --
The provident environment --
The hollow tree --
Strong food --
An elephant hunt --
Pinnacle point --
A gift from God --
Hunting and empathy --
Insulting the meat --
New times --
When lions become dangerous --
Fear and farming --
Cattle country --
Crazy gods --
The promised land.
Other Titles: Disappearing world of the Bushmen
Responsibility: James Suzman.

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A vibrant portrait of the "original affluent society '--the Bushmen of southern Africa--by the anthropologist who has spent much of the last twenty-five years documenting their encounter with modernity. If the success of a civilization is measured by its endurance over time, then the Bushmen of the Kalahari are by far the most successful in human history. A hunting and gathering people who made a good living by working only as much as needed to exist in harmony with their hostile desert environment, the Bushmen have lived in southern Africa since the evolution of our species nearly two hundred thousand years ago. In Affluence Without Abundance, anthropologist James Suzman vividly brings to life a proud and private people, introducing unforgettable members of their tribe, and telling the story of the collision between the modern global economy and the oldest hunting and gathering society on earth. In rendering an intimate picture of a people coping with radical change, it asks profound questions about how we now think about matters such as work, wealth, equality, contentment, and even time. Not since Elizabeth Marshall Thomas's The Harmless People in 1959 has anyone provided a more intimate or insightful account of the Bushmen or of what we might learn about ourselves from our shared history as hunter-gatherers.

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