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The Bushman Myth

The Making Of A Namibian Underclass, 2nd Edition

By Robert Gordon, Stuart Sholto-Douglas


367 pages

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The revised, updated version of this book includes an analysis of the sweeping political changes in South Africa since its original publcation in 1992. Other new material covers more theoretical issues and contemporary developments in scholarship, including a reconsideration of the film ?The Gods Must Be Crazy?; a discussion of ?expos thnography? and its attendant political/moral positioning; and an examination of the political situation in Namibia, with a close study of the near collapse of the Nyae Nyae Development Foundation.

Table of Contents

* The Bushmen: A Merger of Fantasy and Nightmare Whats In A Name? * Locating the Bushmen * Bushman Copper and Autonomy * The Incorporation of Bushmen into the World System * Classifying Bushmen: Itinerant Scientists The Colonial Presence * The Imposition of the Colonial State * The Bushman Plague of 1911 * From Policy to Practice * Bushman Hunts and Bushman Gangs The Sacred Trust * South African Rapprochement * Laboring Legitimacy * Beyond the Police Zone: Disrupting the Labor Supply * Extending Administrative Control: Bushmen Reserved * Reaction and Counterreaction * Bushmen Tamed: Life on the Farm * Academics on the Attack: Ethnological Influence on Bushman Policy Bushmen Iconified * Creating Bushmanland: Anthropology Triumphant? * Bushmen Obscured: Farms, Parks, and Reserves * Bushmanland Fabricated * Denouement: Captives of the Image of Wild Bushmen Have We Met The Enemy And Is It Us? * On Vulnerability and Violence * The Culture of Terror and the Inevitability of Violence

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