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July 31, 2012 1:49 PM   Subscribe

In 1969, anthropologist Richard B.Lee wrote about his experience 'Eating Christmas in the Kalahari.' (PDF)
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See also: posted by zamboni at 2:13 PM on July 31, 2012 [2 favorites]


Another wonderful anthropology paper, on an entirely different topic: Reading Shakespeare in the Bush
posted by BungaDunga at 2:30 PM on July 31, 2012 [3 favorites]


Another wonderful anthropology paper, on an entirely different topic: Reading Shakespeare in the Bush
posted by BungaDunga at 4:30 PM on July 31


Umm... Did you take Cultural Anthro at UT?
posted by Krazor at 2:34 PM on July 31, 2012


So that's why Santa stopped visiting me. You guys ate him!
posted by Chocolate Pickle at 3:18 PM on July 31, 2012



Another wonderful anthropology paper, on an entirely different topic: Reading Shakespeare in the Bush

More?
posted by Mojojojo at 4:02 PM on July 31, 2012


Lee also wrote What Hunters Do For A Living (PDF)
posted by the man of twists and turns at 4:08 PM on July 31, 2012


I took a class in college from someone who did fieldwork with him: she had a very great regard for his work, and for him as a person.
posted by thelonius at 4:19 PM on July 31, 2012


Umm... Did you take Cultural Anthro at UT?

Ah, Laura Bohannon's "Shakespeare in the Bush" is a very widely read and taught text in into to cultural anthropology courses everywhere, or it was in the 1990s anyway.
posted by spitbull at 4:48 PM on July 31, 2012


Prof. Lee was my favourite prof at U of T. Amazing lecturer, great stories. Just fascinating stuff. It seems to me that hardly a week goes by where I don't somehow refer to something I learned in his class. (--And that was 15 years ago!) Great to see his work on here. Thanks for posting this.
posted by Bartonius at 5:36 PM on July 31, 2012


"Shakespeare in the Bush" is also a very useful text for Shakespeare scholars.

I've got to say there's some pretty obvious rhetorical fancy dancing going on in this paper, too: the persona is much too innocent. He really never got ribbed by the other kids in his high school class? He never had anyone playfully express contempt at his car, his girlfriend, or his basketball game?

I mean, come on: doesn't EVERY culture take the piss out of each other this way? The last time I heard this happening it was a bunch of Irishmen in a pub, about three weeks ago.
posted by jrochest at 8:56 PM on July 31, 2012


doesn't EVERY culture take the piss out of each other this way

All Work and No Play Make the Baining the "Dullest Culture on Earth"

Though the culture that does this and makes these, I think, doesn't deserve "boring," and that Psych Today article is pretty thinly sourced.
posted by the man of twists and turns at 10:43 AM on August 1, 2012


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