Narratives on San Ethnicity

The Cultural and Ecological Foundations of Lifeworld among the !Xun of North-Central Namibia

By Akira Takada

This title is now in paperback. The !Xun are a San people living in the Kalahari Desert in Namibia, Botswana, and Angola. In this book, the cultural and ecological foundations of ethnicity of the !Xun provide a case study for an intensive regional structural comparison of ~Ju societies. Long known to Western Europe as the 'Bushmen,' the San consist of various groups distinguished by language, locale, and practice. Narratives on San Ethnicity focuses on the !Xun who have lived in north-central Namibia for centuries, and it adopts a life story approach to understand the lived histories of the people. Akira Takuda looks at inter-ethnic relationships and the multi-dimensional associations with neighboring groups, particularly the Owambo and Akhoe, and scrutinizes kinship and naming terminologies, transitions of ethnicity, the interplay between ethnicity and familial/kin relationships, and the reorganization of environmental features that effect child socialization. This book is a valuable research perspective in San studies and in the emerging anthropology of their life-world. It is a significant addition to the small body of anthropological studies on the !Xun. [Subject: Anthropology, African Studies, Ethnic Studies]

Publication Date: 1/7/2016
Format: Paper
ISBN: 9781920901929