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Games Against Nature: An Eco-Cultural History of the Nunu of Equatorial Africa (Studies in Environment and History)

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In this book, Robert Harms makes an important advance toward recovering the history of the people of the rain forest by telling the story of the Nunu, who live in and around swampy floodplains of the middle Zaire River. Using concepts drawn from game theory, Professor Harms explores the changing relationship between nature and culture among the Nunu. Picturing Nunu society as animated by a never-ending competition among lineages and households, he traces how the competition pushed people into new environments, and how adaption to the new environment, in turn, led to new forms of competition.

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Robert Harms explores nature and culture in the story of the Nunu.

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Robert Harms makes an important advance toward recovering the history of the peoples of Africa's rain forests by telling the story of the Nunu, who live in and around the swampy floodplains of the Zaire River. When an increasing population impinged upon the limits of available resources in the late eighteenth century, a crisis characterized by drastic change and incessant conflict ensued. The Nunu abandoned their ancestral estates to take up new forms of competition in river towns, causing a conflict of identity which culminated in civil war in the 1960s.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction; 2. The antecedents; 3. The tactics; 4; The strategies; 5. The Drylands; 6. The river; 7. The core; 8. The region; 9. The traders; 10. The troubles; 11. The opportunities; 12. The battle; 13. Conclusion: nature and culture.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780521655354
Editor:
Worster, Donald
Editor:
Crosby, Alfred W.
Editor:
Worster, Donald
Editor:
Crosby, Alfred W.
Author:
Harms, Robert
Author:
Crosby, Alfred W.
Author:
Worster, Donald
Author:
Robert, Harms
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Location:
New York
Subject:
Africa
Subject:
Social life and customs
Subject:
Sociology - Social Theory
Subject:
Ethnic Studies
Subject:
Human ecology
Subject:
Nunu
Subject:
Ethnic Studies - General
Subject:
Africa - General
Subject:
Sociology - General
Edition Number:
2
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Studies in environment and history
Series Volume:
43
Publication Date:
20080431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
1 b/w illus. 10 maps
Pages:
300
Dimensions:
9.01x6.04x.72 in. .90 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , Robert Harms explores nature and culture in the story of the Nunu.
"Synopsis" by , Robert Harms makes an important advance toward recovering the history of the peoples of Africa's rain forests by telling the story of the Nunu, who live in and around the swampy floodplains of the Zaire River. When an increasing population impinged upon the limits of available resources in the late eighteenth century, a crisis characterized by drastic change and incessant conflict ensued. The Nunu abandoned their ancestral estates to take up new forms of competition in river towns, causing a conflict of identity which culminated in civil war in the 1960s.
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