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The Pastoral Continuum: The Marginalization of Tradition in East Africa

Series: Oxford Studies in Social and Cultural Anthropology

By: Paul Spencer

Oxford University Press

Hardback | Jan 1998 | #83554 | ISBN: 0198233752
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Presents a definitive study of the ways of life of the cattle-herding peoples of East Africa, drawing on many years of research.


Introduction; PART I: THE PASTORAL COMMITMENT AND THE LOGIC OF TRADITION; 1. Pastoralists and the Spirit of Enterprise; 2. Polygyny and the Manifestations of Inequality; 3. The Dynamics of Age Systems in East Africa; PART II: THE HISTORICAL CONTINUUM AND THE DEVELOPMENT OF PASTORALIST IDEALS; 4. The Chamus Tradition of Pre-Pastoral Origins; 5. The Thrust of Pastoral Innovations in Chamus; 6. The Emergence of Individualism and New Forms of Inequality; PART III: PASTORALISM AND THE THRUST OF CHANGE; 7. Population Growth, Development, and the Malthusian Dilemma; 8. Pastoralists and the Threshold of Change; 9. The Extension of the Continuum and the Spread of the Desert; REFERENCES. INDEX

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