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Peoples and Cultures of Southern Africa
  • Format
  • Authored by: Edited by Peter Mitchell
  • From the Series: Peoples and Cultures of Africa
  • Trim Size: 8-1/2 x 11
  • ISBN-10: 081606265X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-8160-6265-2
  • Status: In Stock
  • List Price: $39.00
  • Imprint: Chelsea House
  • Published: 07/01/2006
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  • Reading Level: Grades 6-12
  • Pages: 112


Through a detailed and holistic regional study of Southern Africa’s ethnic groups, cultures, languages, religions, music, dance, art, crafts, and architecture, Southern Africa provides students with a comprehensive, authoritative, and up-to-date review of this region. This volume contains a regional introduction followed by a series of A-to-Z articles on specific ethnic groups, material cultures, performing arts and literature, and religious, social, and cultural topics. This volume also includes an index specific to this subject area.

Topics include:

  • Afrikaners
  • Cape “Coloreds” and Cape Malays
  • Griqua
  • Herero
  • Indian South Africans
  • Ndebele and Matabele
  • Ovambu
  • Sotho
  • Tsonga
  • Yao.


More than 100 photographs and full-color illustrations. Maps and artworks. Indexes. Glossaries. Further reading. Web sites. Sidebars. Language family trees.

About the Author(s)

Editor Peter Mitchell is a university lecturer in African prehistory and holds a tutorial fellowship in archaeology at St. Hugh's College, University of Oxford, England. He is also curator of African archaeology at the Pitt Rivers Museum, Oxford, and an academic member of the multidisciplinary African Studies Centre based at St Antony¹s College, Oxford. He has previously worked at the University of Cape Town. He serves on the Governing Council of the British Institute in Eastern Africa and is a member of the editorial boards of the African Archaeological Review, Antiquity, Before Farming, Journal of African History, South African Archaeological Bulletin, Southern African Humanities, and World Archaeology. He is president of the Society of Africanist Archaeologists.

Reviews and Awards

“…a fine, highly readable, close-up view of one diverse region’s main ethnic groups, cultures, languages, religions, arts and more...The in-depth discussion…will be great for reports…”

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