Monthly Archives: September 2013

Are Nomadic Pastoralists Non-Rational?

Herskovits[1] showed that cattle were a dominant element among East African pastoralists’ culture and life. Cattle were important in many ways, e.g. as a symbol of wealth, dowry, and in ceremonies. Advertisements

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Nomadic Pastoralism: Importance and Distribution

Livestock is the fastest growing agricultural sector, and in some countries accounts for 80% of GDP.[1] Grasslands – the basis for livestock production – cover ~70% of the global agricultural area.[2] More of the land surface of the earth is … Continue reading

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Nomadic Pastoralism: A (Tentative) Definition

In the early days, research was all about establishing typologies. So also in the study of nomadic pastoralism, which was concerned with establishing typologies of “pure pastoralists or nomads” where the units of analysis were “ideal types”[1].

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