Nisa The Life And Words Of A !Kung Woman Study Guides

  • Nisa: The Life and Words of a !Kung Woman


    Nisa: The Life and Words of a !Kung Woman is a book by anthropologist Marjorie Shostak, published in 1981. From 1969 to 1971, Marjorie Shostak conducted field work in southwest Africa studying the !Kung San people, a hunter-gather society in the Kalahari desert. The book alternates between Shostak's examinations and the life story told by one woman, "Nisa." Shostak argues that because of women's role in food production, they enjoy greater autonomy and social status than women in many Western societies.