What are some academic books on the Bushmen people of Africa?

I need several academic (written by known anthropologists or scientists) sources for information on the Bushmen people. They must be books!

As an example:

Land Filled with Flies: A Political Economy of the Kalahari

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  • Anonymous
    9 years ago
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    Botswana has been rapidly loosing its reputation as an excellent example of a transparent democratic rule in Africa, the country is now tainted with political irregularities and appears to be edging towards violation of human rights. Civil liberty and freedom of political expression are being eroded by the current government. Among its 14 tribal groups, there is bruising inequality and recognition by the government, only one of those, is considered superior to others. Development of infrastructure and consumption of the country’s wealth is inclined towards this tribe known as the Bangwato, located in the central part of the country. Botswana is now left with a mask of accountability, tranquility and the rule of law. The government of Botswana is successfully hiding behind the once a good name of the country.

    The Batswana have been rather quite on these issues and have been reluctant to express their concerns and discontent, in fear of being suppressed and brutally persecuted by the current regime. The liberty of voicing your political opinion has radically vanished in this country. This has been manifested by the passing of a bill parliament in 2005 to establish a national intelligence and security arm known as DIS. This organization has since branded itself with brutal killings of people across the country. The atrocities it is committing are no different to those perpetrated by terrible regimes across the world. From shooting people in public eye, to capturing pastors in front of Sunday worship sessions and detaining them, the Botswana DIS are doing what was once unthinkable in this country. People live under the continued fear of being arrested, detained or killed without any prosecutions.

    Tribal divisions in Botswana are clearly visible from disparities in infrastructural development and public service support between the central part of Botswana and the rest of the country. There is severe shortage of government services whereas as one moves towards the Bangwato held central part of the country, the contrary is true. The south is characterized by dilapidated government buildings, roads in miserable condition and an acute shortage of services. The northern towns and villages of equivalent size to their southern counterparts are enjoying superior government services with state of the art infrastructure. Government policies heavily favor the central part of the country and neglect the south. The central part of Botswana, occupied by the Bangwato, accounts for a substantial portion of the government’s annual budget. Botswana is now moving in the footsteps of those countries in conflicts due to ethnic tensions that lead to the marginalization of other tribes. The current president and his vice come from the central, so is his predecessor. The Bangwato consider themselves superior to other tribes in Botswana and are using advantage of the automatic succession system here. In 2005, an Australian university professor named Keneth Good was fired from the country after sharply criticizing the government of Botswana for its irregularities in democracy.

    In 2005, Panel was appointed to determine the most suitable location for the country’s second university, a 1.1 billion Dollar investment. The panel findings suggested the upper northern town of Maun or Ghanzi so as to evenly spread developments across the country. Despite this, the then president and his vice ignored the panel recommendations and decided that it should be located in the central district.

    Political opponents are being closely monitored and cautioned against harsh criticism of the current government, something which resembles a non-democratic rule. Since the former army chief was rolled in to the leadership position in 2008 through the back doors, there has been simmering sentiments of repression of people with views opposing government policies. The public keep their perspectives to themselves in fear of being brutally killed, persecuted or prosecuted under the current government. Recent events in Tunisia and the ongoing uprisings in Egypt indicate how regimes that brutalize people under while claiming democracy can be brought down. Batswana would agree that their country is following this path. Amid these circumstances, it is best for the people of Batswana to directly approach world media groups and reveal how good governance, transparency and freedom are being eroded in Botswana.

    It is time for human rights groups, pro-democratic governments and civil liberty advocates to immediately censure the Botswana government against the erosion of freedom of speech, urge it to reform its democracy and recognize all tribal elements of the country on a level playing field.

    By an advocate of peace, democracy, freedom and human rights and citizen of Botswana

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  • pj m
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    9 years ago
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  • Katie
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    4 years ago

    I *think* that the movie "The Gods Must Be Crazy" is about that, and it's really relevant if it is, haha, because it starts with a glass Coca-Cola bottle falling into an African village and the people think that their gods sent it, but then it causes all these problems by creating selfishness etc, so they recruit one of the men to bring it back to the gods, and he ends up in a city and seeing all the craziness urban-ness. I'm not sure where specifically in Africa it takes place, I haven't seen it in years, but it's very specifically about the effect of cultural contact.

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