Solway - Chapter 08
Introduction: Activism as an Outgrowth of Long-Term Field Research
In 2001, Richard Lee and I wrote a paper for a volume on long-term
ethnographic research (Kemper et al., 2002) entitled "Local Cultures
and Global Systems: The Ju/'hoansi-!Kung and their Ethnographers
Fifty Years On." In it, we detail research over five decades, a period that
has seen the Ju/'hoansi drawn increasingly into the world system.
Lee's successive editions of The Dobe !Kung (1984 and 1993) outline
the challenges facing the Ju/'hoansi in these decades, including the
demands of the cash economy, poverty, class formation, bureaucratic
and media manipulation, militarization, and dispossession.