The Bushmen

A Half-Century Chronicle of Transformations in Hunter-Gatherer Life and Ecology

By Jiro Tanaka

Contributions by: Minako Sato

The Bushmen archives nearly 50 years of research with some of Southern Africa's remotest groups. Author Jiro Tanaka's deep connection with his subject matter is evident through his insightful and often touching stories and reflections on a rich and challenging life work. Tanaka interweaves ethnographic materials with broader reflections on the changes that have beset Bushman groups carried by waves of global political and economic developments. While some of the characteristics of the process of transformation are specific to Bushman society, many others are shared by other indigenous and minority societies around the world. The book analyzes the transformation process from this perspective and at the same time serves as a catalyst for readers to look back and question the state of our own civilization. ** "This book chronicles the ecology, society, and lifeways of the Bushmen before settlement, and their mixed fate afterward. Tanaka's efforts continue through the many students now working there. This book is a rather breathless overview of the 50-year adventure. It is a wonderful read... Recommended." - Choice, Vol. 52, No. 3, November 2014 [Subject: Ethnography, Anthropology, African Studies, Indigenous Studies]~

Publication Date: 4/1/2014
Format: Cloth
ISBN: 9781920901660