The publication, The Dobe Ju/'hoansi is a wonderful example of a great ethnography. This can be a very comprehensive description of each aspect of the San someones life. In the environment that they inhabit to the food they will eat, the book adopts great details on how these folks survive. Moreover, the book describes their very own personal human relationships with each other and also other band level societies, relationship and libido topics, and how they resolve disputes. In person, I feel the interest directed toward their social relationships, was your key in understanding these Ju/'hoansi's way of life. One of the most important subject areas mentioned inside the ethnography would be the foraging for any living, their particular marriage and sexuality, and conflicts, governmental policies, and exchange. With the help of Richard Lee's case study of these seekers and gatherers, our society can become more cultural family member and obtain a peak in the way of life of a dying particular breed of dog.
The Ju/'hoansi can be a hunting and gathering contemporary society who are located on the edge of Maltahohe, namibia and Botswana. These two countries are in the Kalahari Desert in S. africa. In the 50s Richard Shelter wanted to study these people as they wanted to dispel two myths. He desired everyone to find out that these people were not " missing links" and that the Ju were not prehistoric creatures (Lee 2003). After arrival to the Kalahari Wilderness, he do just that.
At first glance, this band level society will not have much in common together with the technologically advanced american society. Nevertheless , the more both cultures will be compared, the more they appear to resemble each other. One big difference in the societies is the environment. In S. africa, the weather can be scorching. The landscape is not full of rolling slopes, forestry, or flat grasslands like much of the United States. The Kalahari Wasteland is dried, with small vegetation and hardly any forestry compared to the United States. Unlike Americans, the Ju are a extremely mobile culture. In our world, sturdy properties are built during months. The houses are usually bigger than what we might necessarily require. Usually, all of us live in these kinds of houses for a long time and sometimes decades. The Ju however , maneuver a few times a year. They build their huts in one working day during the dry season and 4 days during the rainy season (Lee 2003). The reason for this sort of mobility is really because they can not just eat of the environment in one place for lengthy. Water could become scarce along with pets and fruits. Once they have slightly worn out their resources in one region, they pack up and visit another place which has not yet been exploited. In the usa, we depend on agriculture as well as the means to cash, to effectively feed our families. Therefore , we do not must be as nomadic as the Ju. That is probably one of the biggest differences involving the two civilizations.
One essential similarity between Ju/'hoansi and our society is just how much emphasis is usually put on staying family oriented. These people put more emphasis on family than anything else. That is why, structure of every little village is based after family. The middle of each small town is moored by siblings who have become the eldest in the camp. Surrounding them, are their sons and daughters and their families. Just like the Ju/'hoansi do, the society in most cases, lives relatively close to our relatives for many of the same causes as they perform. We treasure our family members more than all of us do anybody else, we trust our families more, and can use them when we are in need. The stronghold of your lives can be our family, regardless of what culture or continent all of us come from. For this reason and that cause alone, we can relate with the Ju/'hoansi.
The Ju are among the most adaptive and innovative societies in the world. They work relatively a small amount of several hours per week to survive. In our world it is socially acceptable to work at least forty several hours a week. For these people, they function no more than 25 hours per week (Lee 2003)....