September 1, 2015 at 8:30 pm

Prof. Diane Ciekawy on !Kung San Hunter-Gatherer Lifestyles, Sept. 15

Dr. Diane Ciekawy

Dr. Diane Ciekawy

The Wealth & Poverty Focus on Africa series presents Dr. Diane Ciekawy on “!Kung San Hunter-Gatherer Lifestyles: Collective Resource Production and Consumption” on Sept. 15 from 1:30-2:50 p.m. in Bentley 136.

Abstract: This lecture examines the socio-cultural, political and economic institutions of the gatherer-hunter !Kung San Peoples of Southern Africa. It focuses on the ways in which this hunter-gatherer society created strategies and organizational forms that produced food and supplied basic needs to its population, while regulating access to these resources through collectivist principles. Analysis of the cultural production of access raises compelling questions about the assumption that inequality and poverty are “normal” aspects of human existence.

Ciekawy is Associate Professor of Anthropology at Ohio University. Her teaching and research are in the areas of political anthropology, colonialism, the anthropology of religion, and development/underdevelopment. Her research in coastal Kenya focuses on Mijikenda religious expressions, healing systems, human rights, political movements, and news media representations of African culture. Ciekawy’s publications include Dialogues of Witchcraft: Anthropological and Philosophical Exchanges (co-edited with George C. Bond), and articles in African Studies Review, Humanity and Society, and Political and Legal Anthropology Review.

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