Books et al.Anthropology

What's next for the Ju/'hoansi?

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Science  30 Jun 2017:
Vol. 356, Issue 6345, pp. 1340
DOI: 10.1126/science.aan6309

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In 1966, the Chicago-based anthropolo­gist Marshall Sahlins challenged the widely held assumption that hunter-gatherers lived a life of hard work and constant struggle. On the contrary, he argued, Bushmen and other traditional hunter-gatherers are affluent be­cause their needs are easily satis­fied. James Suzman's new book, Affluence Without Abundance, is a well-written narrative and personal reflection on this as­sertion, viewed through the lens of his own experiences with the Kalahari people known as the Ju/'hoansi.