Human Agency, Asymmetrical Relations and Sociocultural Systems: Itinerancy and Sedentarism in the Great Karoo of South Africa

By Mike De Jongh.

Published by The Humanities Collection

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The reciprocal interaction between human agency and sociocultural system is explored with reference to an itinerant community in South Africa.

Keywords: Human agency, Asymmetrical relations, Sociocultural systems, Itinerancy and sedentarism, Karretjie People, Karoo South Africa, Structural flexibility and Organisational fluidity

International Journal of the Humanities, Volume 3, Issue 1, pp.199-208. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.845MB).

Prof. Mike De Jongh

Michael de Jongh is Professor of Anthropology and Chair of the Department of Anthropology and Archaeology, University of South Africa. He is also past President of Anthropology Southern African and consulting editor for three journals. He has published widely in the fields of ethnicity, urbanisation, traditional leadership, local government, methodology and human mobility. His current interest is in minority group autochthony and identity, particularly the Buysdorp community and the Griqua people in South Africa. Publications stemming from his work include: 'Itinerancy as a way of life: the nomadic sheep-shearers of the South African Karoo' (Developmental Southern Africa, 1994); 'Mozambican Refugee Resettlement: a study of strategies for survival of involuntary immigrants in South Africa' (Journal of Refugee Studies, 1994); 'Methodology on the move: studying itinerants and their children (nomadic Peoples, 1999); 'Black urban turmoil: local level political transformation and ethnicity in post-apartheid, pre-election South Africa' (South African Journal of Ethnology, 2000); 'No fixed abode: the poorest of the poor and elusive identities in rural South Africa; (Journal of Southern Africa Studies, 2002); Deconstruct, self-destruct or reconstruct: the state of Anthropology in Southern Africa' (Anthropology Southern Africa, 2002); 'Strangers in their own land – strategies, social resources and domestic fluidity of peripatetic Karretjie People of the South African Karoo' (Chapter in Berland, JC & Ras, A (eds); 'Customary Strangers: New Perspectives on Peripatetic Peoples in the Middle East, Africa, and Africa' (Praeger, London, 2004).

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