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 magnificent piece of scholarship. Based on a remarkable range and combination of sources, Collecting Food, Cultivating People is destined to become a classic in the field of early African history.”—Neil Kodesh, author of Beyond the Royal Gaze: Clanship and Public Healing in Buganda