Life Histories of the Dobe !Kung (Paperback)

Food, Fatness, and Well-being over the Life-span (Origins of Human Behavior and Culture #4)

By Nancy Howell

University of California Press, 9780520262348, 248pp.

Publication Date: May 6, 2010

Other Editions of This Title:
Hardcover (5/6/2010)

List Price: 34.95*
* Individual store prices may vary.

Description

Life Histories of the Dobe !Kung re-examines an important anthropological data set for the Dobe !Kung, the well-known “Bushmen” of the Kalahari Desert, collected by Nancy Howell and colleagues. Using life history analysis, Howell reinterprets this rich material to address the question of how these hunter-gatherers maintain their notably good health from childhood through old age in the Kalahari’s harsh environment. She divides the population into life history stages that correlate with estimated chronological ages and demonstrates how and why they survive, even thrive, on a modest allotment of calories. She describes how surplus food is produced and distributed, and she considers both the motives for the generous sharing she has observed among the Dobe !Kung and some evolutionary implications of that behavior.


About the Author

Nancy Howell is Professor Emerita of Sociology at the University of Toronto.


Praise For Life Histories of the Dobe !Kung: Food, Fatness, and Well-being over the Life-span (Origins of Human Behavior and Culture #4)

"Life Histories of the Dobe !Kung is an enormous achievement, confirming what can be done with unique archival data in the right hands."

— Melvin Konner

“The volume is full of stimulating information.”

— Jane B. Lancaster

“Nicely written and very readable. It will be widely read.”

— American Ethnologist

“A detailed and engaging analysis of nutritional and demographic data on !Kung foragers from the Kalahari desert in Southern Africa.”

— Jon Holtzman

“A very rewarding book . . . her findings are likely to prove very stimulating to the field.”

— Jonathan C. K. Wells