The Economic and Social Context of Southern San Rock Art [and Comments and Reply]

  title={The Economic and Social Context of Southern San Rock Art [and Comments and Reply]},
  author={J. David Lewis-Williams and Patricia N. Bardill and Megan Biesele and Stephenie Yearwood and John Clegg and Whitney M. Davis and David Groenfeldt and R. R. Inskeep and Tim E. H. Jones and Graeme Lloyd Pretty and Georges Sauvet and A. Forbes Sieveking and Vojislav B. Trbuhovi{\'c} and Francis Van Noten and Joan M. Vastokas and N. Walker},
  journal={Current Anthropology},
  pages={429 - 449}
This paper suggests a new theoretical framework for understanding southern San rock art. The traditional explanations have been either innatist or functionalist. To escape the tautology of the former and the restrictions of the latter it is suggested that the articulation between the art and the social relations of production be sought. This articulation was expressed in the activities of medicine men, whose symbolic work acted upon the reproduction of the natural order by making rain and… 
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