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Title Hunter-gatherers of the Congo Basin : cultures, histories, and biology of African Pygmies / Barry S. Hewlett, editor
Published London : Routledge, 2017
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Description 1 online resource (382 pages)
Summary "The forest foragers of the Congo Basin, known collectively as "Pygmies," are the largest and most diverse group of active hunter-gatherers remaining in the world. At least fifteen different ethno-linguistic groups exist in the Congo Basin with a total population of 250,000 to 350,000 individuals. Extensive knowledge about these groups has accumulated in the last forty years, but readers have been forced to piece together what is known from many sources. French, Japanese, American, and British researchers have conducted the majority of the research; each national research group has its own academic traditions, history, and publications. Here, leading academic authorities from diverse national traditions summarize recent research on forest hunter-gatherers. The volume explores the diversity and uniformity of Congo Basin hunter-gatherer life by providing detailed but accessible overviews of recent research. It represents the first book in over twenty-five years to provide a comprehensive and holistic overview of African forest hunter-gatherers. Chapters discuss the cultural variation in characteristic features of Congo Basin hunter-gatherer life, such as their yodeled polyphonic music, pronounced egalitarianism, multiple-child caregiving, and complex relations with neighboring farming groups. Other contributors address theoretical issues, such as why Pygmies are short, how tropical forest hunter-gatherers live without the carbohydrates they receive from neighboring farmers, and how hunter-gatherer children learn to share so extensively."--Provided by publisher
Notes "First published 2014 by Transaction Publishers"--Title page verso
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Subject Ethnology -- Congo River Watershed
Human biology -- Congo River Watershed
Hunting and gathering societies -- Congo River Watershed
Pygmies -- Congo River Watershed -- History
Pygmies -- Congo River Watershed -- Social life and customs
Ethnic relations.
Human biology.
Hunting and gathering societies.
Manners and customs.
Congo River Watershed -- Ethnic relations
Congo River Watershed -- Social life and customs
Congo River Watershed.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
Author Hewlett, Barry S., 1950- editor.
ISBN 0203789431