- Series: Origins of Human Behavior and Culture (Book 4)
- Paperback: 248 pages
- Publisher: University of California Press; First edition (May 6, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0520262344
- ISBN-13: 978-0520262348
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,411,561 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Life Histories of the Dobe !Kung: Food, Fatness, and Well-being over the Life-span (Origins of Human Behavior and Culture) First Edition
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"Nancy Howell's book on the Demography of the Dobe !Kung became an anthropological classic, the first in-depth analysis of the population structures and life histories of a foraging society. Three decades later, Howell returns to her initial data set to ask new questions inspired by Life History Theory. In the process she examines how variations in group composition impact the well-being of !Kung children, revealing that sharing is not just with one's closest relatives."―Sarah Blaffer Hrdy, author of Mothers and Others: The Evolutionary Origins of Mutual Understanding
"This is a unique, scholarly book that reads like a detective novel. Howell uses demographic, anthropometric, and foraging data on the !Kung hunter-gatherers of Southern Africa to investigate what explains variation in the nutritional well-being of their children. Each chapter builds on the previous one, and through a process of elimination brings us closer to the answers, which are often surprising. Along the way, we see how food sharing is necessary to explain the peculiar elements of human life history."―Frank Marlowe, author of The Hadza: Hunter-Gatherers of Tanzania
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Also, while I wanted to not be distracted by the fact that all the data she was referring to were from the 1960s, and hence, a group of Dobe !Kung that do not actually exist anymore in the same sense as in the 1960s when the data was collected, I found I could not.
But I can believe if this is your research interest, it could be quite informative. It is just not really a popular science book.