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Ecology of African Pastoralist Societies

By: Katherine Homewood

James Currey

Hardback | Jul 2008 | #162631 | ISBN-13: 9780852559918
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Paperback | Jul 2008 | #166967 | ISBN-13: 9780852559901
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About this book

Homewood traces the origins and spread of pastoralism on the African continent before examining contemporary pastoralist environmentes and livelihoods.

'... a tour de force, if one considers the vast amount of material it covers, and the clear and balanced summaries it provides of recent literature and debates... a compendium of information about cattle herding groups in Africa, and about approaches to understanding their history and ecology... clear and well judged summaries of the current state of knowledge...' - David Turton, Senior Associate, Queen Elizabeth House, University of Oxford


Introduction; Origins & emergence of pastoralism in Africa; Pastoralist environments, constraints & strategies; Contemporary pastoralist systems; Pastoral livelihoods & the pastoral economy; Biology of the herd; Pastoral food systems, diets & nutrition; African pastoralist demography, by Sara Randall; Diversification, development & change in pastoralist systems; The futures of African pastoralism; Bibliography.

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Katherine Homewood is Professor of Anthropology at University College, London

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