Anthropologist James Suzman has spent over twenty-five years with and among the Bushmen of the Kalahari region of southern Africa, studying how a society drawing on its ancient roots, and regarded as ‘affluent’ in that context, has been encountering modernity. His book, Affluence Without Abundance: The Disappearing World of the Bushmen (Bloomsbury USA), is eloquent testimony to their world.
“An insightful and well-written book, describing the hard transition of foraging communities in Namibia from relative affluence during the Stone Age to contemporary poverty and misery. Avoiding both modern conceits and romantic fantasies, Suzman chronicles how economics and politics have finally conquered some of the last outposts of hunter-gatherers, and how much humankind can still learn from the disappearing way of life of the most marginalized communities on earth.” – Yuval Noah Harari.
“This beautiful book--part memoir, part ethnography--offers a window into the lives of one of the most enduring of human cultures . . . If you have ever wondered how it might be to measure wealth not by material possessions but by the strength of social relations between people, read this book.” – Wade Davis.