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Narratives on San Ethnicity

The Cultural and Ecological Foundations of Lifeworld among the !Xun of North-Central Namibia
by TAKADA Akira
The !Xun are a San people living in the Kalahari Desert in Namibia, Botswana, and in 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 Ì?å?Ì?å?Ju societies. Long known to Western Europe as the...

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The !Xun are a San people living in the Kalahari Desert in Namibia, Botswana, and in 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 Ì?å?Ì?å?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. The book looks at inter-ethnic relationships and the multi-dimensional associations with neighboring groups, particularly the Owambo and Akhoe. It 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. Narratives on San Ethnicity provides 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.

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"The text, replete with numerous individual, indigenous narratives followed by the author's subsequent commentary, results in a persuasive and respectful portrait of these still-interesting people. Highly recommended." -- Choice, Vol. 53, No. 3, November 2015

 

About Authors

TAKADA Akira is Associate Professor in the Graduate School of Asian and African Area Studies, Kyoto University, and specialist in anthropology and area studies. He graduated from the Faculty of Letters, Kyoto University, and received a PhD from Kyoto University in Human and Environmental Studies. The focus of his fieldwork and research is on the San (Bushman), who are known as the hunter-gatherers of Southern Africa.

Table of contents


Figures
Plates
Tables
Preface
Author's Biography
Notes on orthography

1. Introduction
Talking about the San
The San of north-central Namibia
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Figures
Plates
Tables
Preface
Author's Biography
Notes on orthography

1. Introduction
Talking about the San
The San of north-central Namibia
The Ekoka !Xun

2. Kinship and Naming Terminology among the !Xun
Studies on kinship and naming among the Ju|'hoan
Kinship terms of the !Xun
Naming practices of the !Xun in relation to their kinship terms
Conclusion

3. Inter-recognition of Marginalization: The Historical Transition of !Xun Ethnicity
Analysis of the 1ife stories
Changes of !Xun ethnicity in north-central Namibia
Conclusion

4. Narratives of Life Changes: Surname and Interethnic Relationships among the !Xun
Studies on San family/kinship
!Xun family/kin relationships and ethnicity
Conclusion

5. Post-foraging Society and Child Socialization
Foraging society and children
Changing socioeconomic environments for child socialization of the !Xun
Conclusion

6. Conclusion
Coping with ‘others'
An ethnicity dock
Cultural diversity, complexity, and resilience

Notes
Bibliography
Index

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