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Return to Nisa
The story of two women--one a hunter-gatherer in Botswana, the other an ailing American anthropologist--this powerful book returns the reader to territory that Marjorie Shostak wrote of so poignantly in the now classic Nisa: The Life and Words of a !Kung Woman. Here, however, the ground has perceptibly shifted. First published in 1981, Nisa served as a stirring introductio ...more
Paperback, 272 pages
Published March 1st 2002 by Harvard University Press
(first published 2000)
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Shostak’s first book was about Nisa and the life of the !Kung. This book is more about herself, a travelogue of sorts, describing the anthropologist experience in general and her own experience, as someone searching for reassurance and meaning while facing death. In the end, her trip seems to reinvigorate and disappoint in equal measures, due the problem of “you can’t go back.” The society she’s visiting has changed irreversibly, the politics have changed irreversibly, and the people – who were ...more
Marjorie Shostak (May 11, 1945 - October 6, 1996) was an American anthropologist. Though she never received a formal degree in anthropology, she conducted extensive fieldwork among the !Kung San people of the Kalahari desert in south-western Africa and was widely known for her descriptions of the lives of women in this hunter-gatherer society.
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