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Dalhousie University (2008)

Re-inventing the Basarwa’s social and material culture through built form

Jobe, Kagiso

Titre : Re-inventing the Basarwa’s social and material culture through built form

Auteur : Jobe, Kagiso

Université de soutenance : Dalhousie University (Canada)

Grade : M.Arch. 2008

Résumé
The aim of this thesis exploration is to understand the importance of social and cultural aspects in relation to the physical and spatial organization of the Basarwa community in Botswana. The relocation (dislocation) of the nomadic Basarwa in the Kalahari desert, Botswana, to a permanent and settled community in New !Xade, has inspired the thesis investigation. The Basarwa’s cultural and traditional values were sacrificed for economic and ecological purpose and this thesis proposes that a different approach should have been taken that would have reconciled the Basarwa’s human values and the environment. The Basarwa’s traditional way of life continues to change and the challenge for this thesis is to facilitate the transition based on the traditional and cultural practices of the people by providing new ways of survival that are rooted in their traditions and cultural practices. This thesis reveals the meaning of cultural identity and ways of preserving history and traditional values while embracing the present and preparing for the future. The goal of the thesis studies is to learn from cultural principles in order to understand human characteristics within their social and spatial orders

Mots clés : Cultural anthropology, Botswana, Architecture, Communication and the arts, Social sciences

Accès au document : Proquest Dissertations & Theses

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