The Khwe of Namibia. Foragers between game, tourism, and politics

Stasja Koot, Walter Van Beek, Jeroen Diemer

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The Namibian Khwe Bushmen live in the Bwabwata National Park, where they are highly affected by the park's history and conservation activities. Following Ingold's dwelling perspective, the world comes into being because a person is continuously interacting with his/her environment. This contrasted with building, in which (wo)man constructs the world cognitively before (s)he can live in it. We apply a third notion, lodging, to refer to a situation in which people live in an essentially foreign environment. In this, many changes in the environment of the Khwe are triggered beyond their control, instead of through their interaction with their environment.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)497-511
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2016


  • Bushmen
  • Conservation
  • Dwelling
  • Namibia
  • Tourism

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