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Running Head: My View of Lee’s Eating Christmas in the Kalahari Page 1

My View of Lee’s Eating Christmas in the Kalahari A Lynn Byrne

My View of Lee’s Eating Christmas in the Kalahari Page 2 Abstract My view of the bushmen teaching humility in their Christmas practice is contained in this paper based on the information gleaned from Lee’s article Eating Christmas in the Kalahari. I list excerpts from the article and our textbook to illustrate my views. Also, I address how the tribe is an agent of socialization and is a representation of Gemeinschaft. I talk about the difference between mechanical social solidarity and organic solidarity and how it relates to the tribe and values like humility. Status is also mentioned in this paper both how the bushmen view it and how we see it here in America.

My View of Lee’s Eating Christmas in the Kalahari Page 3 This is a story of Richard Lee, an anthropologist, practicing ethnography on the !Kung Bushmen’s culture. I found it really interesting that this African tribe would celebrate their own version of Christmas in December and how they reacted to him in their tribe. This tribe not only acts as an agent of socialization but uses the best aspects of status, mechanical social solidarity, and Gemeinschaft to promote humility. I also found it fascinating that in order to study the hunting and gathering methods of the !Kung, Richard Lee would not provide them with any food or assistance even though the Bushmen “rarely had a day’s supply of food on hand.” Although this approach gave him the most accurate data the Bushmen looked at him as a white “miser” (Lee 1). In order to repay them for teaching him about their culture for the past year, he decides to buy a nice ox for the Christmas feast in December. He buys the biggest most beautiful ox he can...
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