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Demography of the Dobe !Kung

Author: Nancy Howell
Publisher: London : Routledge, 2017.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : English : Second editionView all editions and formats
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First published in 1979, this is a classic study of the population of the Bushmen of the Kalahari Deselt of Botswana. Using methods that are simple and fully illustrated, the author presents empirical descriptions of the fertility, mortality, and marriage patterns of the now famous !Kung hunter-gatherers.The !King "Bushman" people of the Kalahari desert in Africa occupy an anomalous position in the world of science.  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Nancy Howell
ISBN: 9781351522694 1351522698
OCLC Number: 1049568151
Description: 1 online resource.
Contents: Part I. The Use of Casual Models in Experimental and Nonexperimental DesignsChapter OneLogic of Casual Analysis: From Experimental to Nonexperimental DesignsAlden Dykstra MillerChapter TwoCasual Models Involving Unmeasured Variables in Stimulus Response SituationsH. M. Blalock, Jr. Chapter ThreeUtilizing Casual Models to Discover Flaws in ExperimentsHerbert L. CostnerChapter FourCasual Models, Unobserved Variables, and Experimental DataDuane F. Alwin and Richard C. Tessler. Chapter FiveInadvertent Manipulations of Dependent Variables in Research DesignsH. M. Blalock, Jr. Part II. The Use of Casual Models in Panel DesignsChapter SixSeparating Reliability and Stability in Text Retest CorrelationDavid R. Heise Chapter SevenThe Estimation of Measurement Error in Panel DataDavid E. Wiley and James A. WileyChapter EightComment on "The Estimation of Measurement Error in Panel Data" Charles E. Werts, Karl G. Jreskog, and Robert L. Linn Chapter NineProblems in Estimating Measurement Error from Panel Data:An Example Involving the Measurement of Scientific ProductivityLowell L. Hargens, Barbara F. Reskin, and Paul D. AllisonChapter TenEstimating Measurement Error Using Multiple Indicators and Several Points in TimeH. M. Blalock, Jr. Chapter ElevenThe Stability and Reliability of Political Efficacy: Using path Analysis to Test Alternative MethodsJ. Miller McPherson, Susan Welch, and Cal ClarkChapter TwelveEquilibrium and Identification in Linear Panel ModelsDavid F. Greenberg and Ronald C. KesslerChapter Thirteen Casual Inference in Cross-Lagged Panel AnalysisRichard D. ShinglesChapter FourteenThe Reciprocal Effects of the Substantive Complexity of Work and Intellectual Flexibility:A Longitudinal AssessmentMelvin L. Kohn and Carmi SchoolerAuthor IndexSubject Index.
Responsibility: Nancy Howell.

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First published in 1979, this is a classic study of the population of the Bushmen of the Kalahari Deselt of Botswana. Using methods that are simple and fully illustrated, the author presents empirical descriptions of the fertility, mortality, and marriage patterns of the now famous !Kung hunter-gatherers.The !King "Bushman" people of the Kalahari desert in Africa occupy an anomalous position in the world of science. They have been selected for intensive study precisely because they are geographically, socially, and economically removed from modern, industrialized society, living in a sparsely settled and remote portion of an enormous semidesert. The !Kung maintain the language and culture of a fully develop hunting and gathering society with (until very recently) no dependence on cultivated plants, no domesticated animals other than the dog, no stratification system based on kinship or occupation, no power or authority structure extending further than the local bands composed of a few related families, no wage labor, no use of money, and no settled sites of occupation.At the same time, the !Kung have become well-known figures to students-both undergraduate and professional-of Western social science. The faces of !Kung informants gaze from the covers and the illustrations of many texts in anthropology and sociology.Why has all this attention been developed around the !Kung people? Part of the answer lies in the people themselves. The !Kung are a physically attractive people, with slender, graceful bodies and open small-featured faces that are appealing and photogenic. Their culture is simple and has its striking features. The struggle for subsistence, the click language, the emphasis on sharing and humility, the drama of the curing dances in which individuals go into trance and speak directly to spirits to cure sickness, and the pervasive humor, teasing, and playfulness of the !Kung style are all features that are relatively easy to convey and interesting to l earn about.This work covers areas such as marriage, fertility, disease, mortality, history, and the projected future of the !Kung. This book will be of interest to students of demographic studies, anthropology, and African studies.

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