Affluence Without Abundance: What We Can Learn from the

Affluence Without Abundance: What We Can Learn from the World's Most Successful Civilisation [PDF / EPUB] Affluence Without Abundance: What We Can Learn from the World's Most Successful Civilisation 'Insightful' YUVAL NOAH HARARI 'Fascinating' SUNDAY TIMES 'Elegant and absorbing' FINANCIAL TIMES 'Profoundly moving' IRISH TIMES What can we learn from the Bushmen If the success of a civilisation is 'Insightful' YUVAL NOAH HARARI Abundance: What PDF/EPUB ë 'Fascinating' SUNDAY TIMES 'Elegant and absorbing' FINANCIAL TIMES 'Profoundly moving' IRISH TIMES What can we learn from the Bushmen If the success of a civilisation is measured by its endurance over time then the Bushmen of the Kalahari are by far the most successful in human history Anthropologist James Suzman spent twenty five years in Southern Africa documenting their way of life and encounters with modern society gathering Affluence Without MOBI :ß invaluable lessons about work wealth happiness euality and time.


5 thoughts on “Affluence Without Abundance: What We Can Learn from the World's Most Successful Civilisation

  1. says:

    I read this book last year in hardcover library and bought the paperback as soon as it came out I'm looking forward to rereading it I'm 64 a PhD from UC Berkeley humanities with a lifelong interest in anthropology and a new interest in the last decade in economics; this books deals thoroughly with both The observations of the Bushmen are informed educated and serious based on decades of sympathetic but scientific observation; there's no romanticism here But what stands out besides the horrific tragedy of the end of their way of life is how satisfying that way of life was As Harari notes in Sapiens we traded a life rich in interest and meaning as hunter gatherers for a life of taking care of boring wheat This book makes me miss being a part of a hunter gatherer society; it helps me understand why I am crazy in this capitalistic foolish world even though I am materially successful I think it's the single most important book I've read yet


  2. says:

    This is a very informative book and at the same time one that is easy and enjoyable to read Suzman's main thesis is that the San or Bushmen or to use his click sensitive term the Ju'hoansi were traditional hunting gathering people whose environment provided them with all they needed to survive They owned no property than they could carry and yet they felt no need to acuire than what they had hence affluence without abundanceThis point has been made by other anthropologists but Suzman makes it particularly well His book also brings us up to date about current San circumstances and the picture he draws is not at all pretty As the fingers of the urban industrial world have groped their way into the once barely accessible back country of southern Africa most of the or less contented nomadic San have been become marginalized and demoralizedI say or less contented San because as the author makes clear the well known egalitarianism of these people was sustained not only by an ethic of sharing but also by readily expressed jealousy It's hard to accumulate wealth when all around you are accusing you of being a selfish anti social jerkI have read uite a few accounts of the San but this is the best I have read in uite a while and certainly the most informative about relatively recent social changes And it is full of thought provoking observations One that I remember particularly well is that our genetic selves may have evolved in the Paleolithic hunting gathering context but much of our current way of thinking and behaving is rooted in our recent Neolithic past when our ancestors took to plant cultivation and animal domestication


  3. says:

    I really enjoyed this book though its topic is outside my usual reading range It discusses the current status and some of the history of the indigenous people of Namibia Its lack of jargon make it a great introduction to a number of principles of anthropology African studies history ethnographyIt is easy to read and should be easily readable by the bright tenth grader It should be easy reading for high school students who are interested in majoring in one of the social sciences though its deeper lessons may take a re read when they are in college


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    I was forever changed when I read The Harmless People by Elizabeth Marshall Thomas about her family's time spent living with the San Bushmen in the early 1950's I also read some of her later books on the San after their culture and way of life was devastated by modern people I am so glad that I read her earlier book first to give an accurate view of the amazing first ancestors of ours and their amazing intelligence learned from thousands of years because it helped me to have empathy for them and understand how devastating the bombardment of the modern world has been to their way of life and culture Another indigenous culture robbed by modern humans Please read this book by James Suzman also a great book and he has so much understanding of what modern societies have done to rob a former egalitarian society of people of their rights and land Thank you so much to these two authors for writing these books


  5. says:

    Of course I was interested in this topic otherwise I would have not bought it What was unexpected was that I could not put this book down It is very easy to read entertaining well researchedreported and thorough It gives an overview over the history transition times and the nowadays of the lives of the Bushmen of the Kalahari The part of the diet was very interesting This book also opened up new perspectives on hunting in general but especially that state of oneness they seem to be in when hunting the traditional way but also big game hunting for fees It was interesting to read how the San managed to keep an egalitarian society how their society worked their relationship to time The way they lived does seem close to paradise abundance The book also gives an account of the way and effects of Western colonization as well as the various waves of African herders and their influence I appreciate the detailed info maps language tips I got to be close to a world I know I will not visit myself in this lifetime let alone spend 25 years studying Much gratitude to the author


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