Collecting Food, Cultivating People: Subsistence And Society In Central Africa

Hardcover | September 27, 2016

byKathryn M. De Luna

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A rich analysis of the complex dynamic between food collection and food production in the farming societies of precolonial south central Africa

Engaging new linguistic evidence and reinterpreting published archaeological evidence, this sweeping study explores the place of bushcraft and agriculture in the precolonial history of south central Africa across nearly three millennia. Contrary to popular conceptions that place farming at the heart of political and social change, political innovation in precolonial African farming societies was actually contingent on developments in hunting, fishing, and foraging, as de Luna reveals.

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A rich analysis of the complex dynamic between food collection and food production in the farming societies of precolonial south central Africa Engaging new linguistic evidence and reinterpreting published archaeological evidence, this sweeping study explores the place of bushcraft and agriculture in the precolonial history of south ce...

Kathryn M. de Luna is assistant professor of history at Georgetown University, where she specializes in the history of precolonial Africa. She lives in Braddock Heights, MD.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:352 pages, 9.25 × 6.13 × 1 inPublished:September 27, 2016Publisher:Yale University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0300218532

ISBN - 13:9780300218534

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“A stunningly accessible and provocative study of subsistence activities in south-central Africa across nearly three millennia.”—Choice