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Collecting Food, Cultivating People : Subsistence and Society in Central Africa (Hardcover) (Kathryn M.
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Drawing on a range of interdisciplinary sources, this sweeping study explores the place of bushcraft and agriculture in the precolonial history of south central Africa from the tenth century BCE to the seventeenth century CE. Contrary to popular conceptions that place farming at the heart of political and social change, as historian Kathryn de Luna reveals, political innovation in precolonial African farming societies was actually contingent on developments in hunting, fishing, and foraging—the very activities farming supposedly replaced. Engaging new linguistic and archaeological evidence, the author investigates bushcraft in and beyond the Botatwe-speaking cultures of south central Africa, from the transition to cereal agriculture to the early modern Indian Ocean ivory and slave trades. What she uncovers are previously unappreciated links among bushcraft, fame, talent, political authority, landscape, gender, language, and personhood.
Number of Pages: 332
Genre: History, Social Science
Series Title: Yale Agrarian Studies
Publisher: Yale Univ Pr
Author: Kathryn M. De Luna
Street Date: September 27, 2016
Item Number (DPCI): 248-28-8758