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7109 -- BERZBORN, SUSANNE

Ziegen und Diamanten. Sicherung des Lebensunterhalts im ländlichen Südafrika
(Kölner ethnologische Studien 30)< Berlin: Lit Verlag 2006
460 pp., 32 photographs, 39.90; ISBN 3-8258-8469-4
Keywords: survival, herders, animal husbandry, economic survival, ethnic strategy, change and survival, employment, identity and survival

Goats and diamonds. Safeguarding survival in rural South Africa
This is an in-depth study of goat herders in the region of Richtersveld including all traditional and present aspects, situations, and changes. Their management to survive is described as difficult, since hundreds of years they take part in trade and labor also. Since diamonds were discovered in the 1920s labor in that field became more important for them. Berzborn wants to show how the people try to lessen their losses which are incurred by dangers in the environment, unemployment, or dispossession of land. The strategy is to have incomes from several sources. Also, after Apartheid, group-centered strategies using ethnic and regional identities are employed to get access to resources. So the chapters deal with history, present economic options in Richtersveld, households (structures, consumption, production), animal husbandry, cooperation between households, identities in Richtersvel, and risk minimization and vulnerability.

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