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Population Structures of Ghanzi and Ngamiland !Kung

  • Henry Harpending
  • LuAnn Wandsnider
Part of the Advances in Human Genetics book series (volume 2)

Abstract

The ways in which ecological circumstances condition and are conditioned by population density, population growth, and vital rates are important current interests in anthropology. We present some data relevant to understanding how mobility, diet, and disease may affect the demography of small populations; in particular we examine the widely held hypothesis that the onset of sedentism among formerly mobile hunter-gatherers permits population growth through an increase in fertility and a decrease in infanticide. In the particular case we will consider, the two major groups of !Kung Bushmen in Botswana, we will show that sedentism has led to decreased mortality but not to a detectable change in natality.

Keywords

Population Structure Birth Interval Vital Rate Wage Labor Offspring Survivorship 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Henry Harpending
    • 1
  • LuAnn Wandsnider
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of AnthropologyUniversity of New MexicoAlbuquerqueUSA

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