In perhaps three-quarters of the Dobe Ju|’hoansi were living in camps based primarily on hunting and gathering while the rest were attached to. The Dobe Ju/ Hoansi has ratings and 28 reviews. This classic, bestselling study of the!Kung San, foragers of the Dobe area of the Kalahari Desert de. -No chiefs the Ju groups do have leaders who may develop influence in group discussions, but no hereditary basis to their role. -When fights.

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As explained above, meat makes up less than a third of the total caloric intake, and is really relied on more for its social value than its nutritional value. Some standard examples include tools, pipes, jewelry, dogs, women’s beadwork, foreign goods from Bantu-speaking neighbors, and especially goods from Europe. Second, because the fight is often a public quarrel, they escalate quickly and can draw in participation from others when arrows start hitting unintended targets. Life of a Hunter-Gatherer.

Flexibility in Property Ownership: Kung similarly have a level of conflicts which never make it past a good shouting match. While there is no such thing as a chief in traditional!

One of the first ethnographic texts I ever read – and thus at the time I had little to compare it to. Mar 07, Brock rated it it was amazing Shelves: Kung groups, use communication in combination with flexible living arrangements to accommodate individuals rather than stigmatize and punish them. Kung may be governed by strict incest rules, but it exists without any other sort of restraint.

The Dobe Ju/ Hoansi by Richard B. Lee

Apart from pure food gathering activities,! When compared to the traditional western hour work week,! Book was easy to understand and towards the back raised some questions and led me to some answers to a few queries I had in mind. It appears that the most effective way to approach this is to allow individuals to cooperate with each other or not based on his own terms. Similarly, once divorced, there is no stigma attached to the divorced concerning ability to remarry.


First, members of a deadly conflict are often members of the same camp. The ability to up and leave the present camp for a different one without conflicts is a very useful mechanism that an average Ju may exercise several times through his life.

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Second, there are specific norms and limitations on what sorts of items as to the sorts of items that can be used for hxaro exchange. And they lost all aspects the benefits of their culture when modern african governments gave them “assistance”.

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Failure to do so can result in dissolving of a trading relationship and may lead to violence. Lists with This Book.

The three levels of dispute are “Talking”, “Hand-to-hand” fighting, and “deadly conflict” with the use of weapons. Although the objects traded tend to not be very useful, they are traditional, symbolic, or interesting items freely given from the suitor to the bride’s family members. I saw nothing at uu. Lee is one of the most prolific anthropologists of for the region, having devoted virtually his whole career to the!

Kung doeb spend an average of hours a day on other miscellaneous tasks. Jan 16, Jackie Marker rated it really liked it. Since having many hxaro trading partners is more of a sign of wealth than actually owning property is, individuals who have things worth trading will spend time seeking hxaro partners to trade with. A Replacement for Law in Foraging Societies. Amongst the anthropologists, one of the first things every notices is how the Ju seemed constantly on the verge of an argument that never seemed to erupt.

Law of a Hunter-Gatherer Society.

This system where everyone an individual knows is treated as kin, however, has the drawback that not all kin are treated as close relationships. Law of a Hunter-Gatherer Society Introduction: Nov 22, Leanne Hoffmann rated it it was amazing Shelves: I don’t need to write anything good about this book. These things must be heard by all of us. Prevention and Release Mechanisms: However, the talk just as often turns from anger to laughter and joking, giving the fighters an escape after angst iu been released.


If you like anthropology you will already have heard several of his stories so many times that you skip them in texts. One case from Nyae Nyae includes an offender who was killed after he served a prison sentence in South African prisons based on the recommendation of the dob.

Kung children engage in hoanwi play starting at an early age, conceptions of virginity are not present.

The Dobe Ju/ Hoansi

However, when compared to statistics from western societies, the miscellaneous tasks are not included in the work week. This threat of violence is the driving force for arranging marriages of children when they are very young. Had to read this for my Anthropology class. Kung organize themselves by, this group needs some sort of leadership. A problem caused by this is that because only men of a certain age and physical prowess can hunt, there can be a tendency of those individuals to gain the sort of inflated ego that can cause conflict and disrupt egalitarian life.

While the society relies on a lack of internal fighting, conflicts are not uncommon in! These are not the type of people to make a fuss. Kung prevent and resolve conflicts is by voluntary ostracism from the camp by one of both members of the dispute.

I understood it without any problems and I actually learned from it. The fact that all individuals who meet each other decide how to act around one another based on two potentially conflicting kinship trees is resolved by the third level of kinship: