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Ariaal Pastoralists of Kenya : Studying Pastoralism, Drought, and Development in Africa's Arid Lands - 2nd edition

Ariaal Pastoralists of Kenya : Studying Pastoralism, Drought, and Development in Africa`s Arid Lands (ISBN10: 0205391427; ISBN13: 9780205391424)
ISBN13: 978-0205391424
ISBN10: 0205391427

Summary: Based on more than 25 years of research and fieldwork, the Second Edition of Ariaal Pastoralists of Kenya offers a highly readable and often humorous ethnographic description of the Maasai-speaking society of East Africa.

This unique text details the story of how one society of livestock herders in northern Kenya has adapted to and survived both natural and human-induced disasters of recent times, including drought and famine, inter-pastoralist warfare, an
d the wide-scale intervention of international development and relief organizations. The Ariaal's determination to maintain their pastoral lifestyle while taking advantage of new health, employment, marketing, and education opportunities offered in the growing Kenyan towns provides a fascinating study of the dynamics of cultural change and the threat to cultural survival among East African pastoralists. This small, accessible ethnography offers a detailed look at pastoral ecology, life in an Ariaal community, the trials and tribulations of anthropological fieldwork, and problems of development and social change for Ariaal people.
Features
  • Offers a first-hand account of the effect of famine relief and environmental monitoring groups on the lives of the Ariaal pastoralists surviving in arid lands.
  • Compares three other major African pastoral groups with the Ariaal pastoralists and shows the different hardships each have faced because of their locations (Ch. 2).
  • Gives examples of the kind of life and problems pastoral people experience throughout the world (Ch. 2).
  • Contains significant coverage of the status of women--a topic that is often overlooked in short ethnographies.
  • Describes the women's livelihoods, their daily lives, and the problems they face as pastoral women (Ch. 3).
  • Contains a chapter on human ecology, which shows how people make livings in desert areas (Ch. 4).
New To This Edition
  • Brings readers up to date on the current status of the Ariaal and neighboring pastoral groups and includes an expanded final chapter that discusses the most recent developments.
  • A revised description of fieldwork experiences has evolved from a short section in the first edition into an entire chapter (2) and allows students to appreciate a variety of methods, trials, and tribulations of anthropological research and provides them with new understanding of the area.
  • Offers an expanded discussion of issues of gender equality, particularly in the context of women finding new opportunities and financial independence in a changing economy.
  • To facilitate readability, references to scholarly works have been replaced with a Recommended Readings section at the end of the book.
...show more
Summary: Based on more than 25 years of research and fieldwork, the Second Edition of Ariaal Pastoralists of Kenya offers a highly readable and often humorous ethnographic description of the Maasai-speaking society of East Africa.

This unique text details the story of how one society of livestock herders in northern Kenya has adapted to and survived both natural and human-induced disasters of recent times, including drought and famine, inter-pastoralist warfare, and the wide-scale intervention of international development and relief organizations. The Ariaal's determination to maintain their pastoral lifestyle while taking advantage of new health, employment, marketing, and education opportunities offered in the growing Kenyan towns provides a fascinating study of the dynamics of cultural change and the threat to cultural survival among East African pastoralists. This small, accessible ethnography offers a detailed look at pastoral ecology, life in an Ariaal community, the trials and tribulations of anthropological fieldwork, and problems of development and social change for Ariaal people.
Features
  • Offers a first-hand account of the effect of famine relief and environmental monitoring groups on the lives of the Ariaal pastoralists surviving in arid lands.
  • Compares three other major African pastoral groups with the Ariaal pastoralists and shows the different hardships each have faced because of their locations (Ch. 2).
  • Gives examples of the kind of life and problems pastoral people experience throughout the world (Ch. 2).
  • Contains significant coverage of the status of women--a topic that is often overlooked in short ethnographies.
  • Describes the women's livelihoods, their daily lives, and the problems they face as pastoral women (Ch. 3).
  • Contains a chapter on human ecology, which shows how people make livings in desert areas (Ch. 4).
New To This Edition
  • Brings readers up to date on the current status of the Ariaal and neighboring pastoral groups and includes an expanded final chapter that discusses the most recent developments.
  • A revised description of fieldwork experiences has evolved from a short section in the first edition into an entire chapter (2) and allows students to appreciate a variety of methods, trials, and tribulations of anthropological research and provides them with new understanding of the area.
  • Offers an expanded discussion of issues of gender equality, particularly in the context of women finding new opportunities and financial independence in a changing economy.
  • To facilitate readability, references to scholarly works have been replaced with a Recommended Readings section at the end of the book.
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Edition/Copyright: 2ND 04
Cover: Paperback
Publisher: Allyn & Bacon, Inc.
Year Published: 2004
International: No

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