The Structure of an African Pastoralist Community: Demography, History, and Ecology of the…

Hardcover | April 30, 1999

byRenee Pennington, Henry Harpending

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A detailed, descriptive insight into the history and ecology of the Herero, traditional cattle pastoralists of the northern Kalahari desert. Combining ethnographic detail and extensive data collection and analysis using new methods, the book shows how anthropology can and should be informed bycareful study of population dynamics. This unique demographic analysis reveals features of the population - recovery from African infertility, preferential survival of females, extraordinary longevity of the elderly, high rates of child fostering - that have profound importance for social life yetthat are missed by much traditional ethnography.

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A detailed, descriptive insight into the history and ecology of the Herero, traditional cattle pastoralists of the northern Kalahari desert. Combining ethnographic detail and extensive data collection and analysis using new methods, the book shows how anthropology can and should be informed bycareful study of population dynamics. This ...

Renee Pennington, Department of Anthropology, College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, Virginia. Henry Harpending, Professor, Department of Anthropology, Pennsylvania State University, College Park, Pennsylvania.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:288 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.1 inPublished:April 30, 1999Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:019852286X

ISBN - 13:9780198522867

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Table of Contents

Introduction and background1. Field-work and methods2. Infant and childhood mortality3. Mortality after early childhood4. Measures of fertility, past and present5. Causes of fertility transition6. Life history and marriage7. Child fosterage and social parenthood8. Herero and Kung comparative demography9. History and population change

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`This book ... is one that demographers should take seriously. This work provides an exemplary model of how small data sets can be used to construct life tables, and how population pyramids can reveal traces of the effects of history ... there are major methodological and conceptual lessons tobe learned from this book, by demographers and anthropologists alike they propose some intriguing reversals of the conventional chains of causality, thereby stimulating us to think radically about classic problems, such as senescence and birth-spacing.'Monique Borgerhoff Mulder, University of California at Davis, Population Studies, Volumer 49 Part 1 March 1995