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Marjorie Shostak (May 11, 1945 - October 6, 1996) was an American anthropologist. Though she never received a formal degree in anthropology, she conducted extensive fieldwork among the !Kung San people of the Kalahari desert in south-western Africa and was widely known for her descriptions of the lives of women in this hunter-gatherer society.

Shostak was raised in Brooklyn, New York. She received her B.A. in literature from Brooklyn College, where she was a supporter of the women's equal rights movement, and met her future husband, Melvin Konner.

In 1969-1971, Shostak and Konner lived among the !Kung San in the Dobe region of southwest Africa, on the border between Botswana and South Africa. There they learned the !Kung language and conducted anthropological fieldwork. While her husband looked at medical issues like nutrition and fertility, Shostak examined the role of women in the !Kung San society, becoming close with one woman in particular, known by the pseudonym "Nisa." Shostak's book on the subject, The Life and Words of a !Kung Woman, was first published by Harvard University Press in 1981, and is now a standard work in anthropology. It weaves together the different voices of Shostak and Nisa, alternating between anthropological observation and the life story of a "primitive" woman told in her own words. In the book Shostak argues that !Kung San women had higher status and autonomy than women in Western cultures because of their food contributions.

During the 1980s, Shostak and Konner also wrote two popular books and a number of articles advocating a "Paleolithic diet". Though , the basic idea is that many illnesses found in agricultural and industrialized societies result at least in part from diets that differ significantly from those that human beings evolved to eat.

Shostak and Konner had three children together. In 1983 they moved to Atlanta, Georgia, when Konner was offered a position as chair of the department of anthropology at Emory University and Shostak became a research associate at the Institute of Liberal Arts. Miscellaneous Obituaries of Anthropologists She also taught courses in anthropology on life history methods and the Kalahari.

In 1991 Shostak, following treatment for breast cancer, returned to the Kalahari to interview Nisa again. She died in 1996, aged 51, while her second book, Return to Nisa, was in preparation. It was released posthumously in 2000. In it, Shostak describes a traditional ceremony in Botswana in which Nisa attempted to heal Shostak's cancer. She was survived by her husband, children, parents, and sister.

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Total Books: 14
Ich folgte den Trommeln der Kalahari Die Geschichte einer ungewhnlichen Frauenfreundschaft
Return to Nisa
2002 - Return to Nisa (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780674008298
ISBN-10: 0674008294
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Nonfiction
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
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Nisa erzhlt Das Leben einer Nomadenfrau in Afrika
2001 - Nisa Erzhlt Das Leben Einer Nomadenfrau in Afrika (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9783499230509
ISBN-10: 349923050X
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Ich folgte den Trommeln der Kalahari Die Geschichte einer ungewhnlichen Frauenfreundschaft
Return to Nisa
2000 - Return to Nisa (Hardcover)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780674003231
ISBN-10: 0674003233
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Nonfiction
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Nisa The Life and Words of a Kung Woman
2000 - Nisa the Life and Words of a Kung Woman (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780674004320
ISBN-10: 0674004329
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Nonfiction
  • Currently 3.3/5 Stars.
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Nisa The Life and Words of a Kung Woman
1990 - Nisa the Life and Words of a Kung Woman (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781853830600
ISBN-10: 1853830607
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History
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The Paleolithic Prescription A Program of Diet  Exercise and a Design for Living
The Paleolithic Prescription A Program of Diet and Exercise and a Design for Living
Nisa The Life and Words of a Kung Woman
1982 - Nisa the Life and Words of a Kung Woman (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780394711263
ISBN-10: 0394711262
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Nonfiction
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
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Nisa - The Life And Words Of A kung Woman
Nisa - the Life and Words of a Kung Woman (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780140062915
ISBN-10: 0140062912
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Nisa the Life and Words of a Kung Woman
Nisa the Life and Words of a Kung Woman (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780349711263
ISBN-10: 0349711267
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Nisa The Life and Words of a Kung Woman
Nisa  The Life and Words of a Kung Woman
Nisa the Life and Words of a Kung Woman (Hardcover)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780713914863
ISBN-10: 0713914866
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