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Focusing on the interplay between ecology and politics, Pastoralists explores equality and hierarchy among pastoral peoples as well as the linkages between pastoralists and states.. Drawing upon the author's extensive field research among pastoral peoples in the Middle East, India, and the Mediterranean, and on more than 30 years of comparative study of pastoralists around the world, Pastoralists is an authoritative synthesis of the varieties of pastoral life. At an ethnographic level, the concise volume provides detailed analyses of divergent types of pastoral societies, including segmentary tribes, tribal chiefdoms, and peasant pastoralists. At the same time, it addresses a set of substantive theoretical issues: ecological and cultural variation, equality and inequality, hierarchy and the basis of power, and state power and resistance. The book validates "pastoralists" as a conceptual category even as it reveals the diversity of societies, subsistence strategies, and power arrangements subsumed by that term.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780813338149
ISBN-10: 081333814X
Format: Paperback
(152mm x 227mm x 12mm)
Pages: 208
Imprint: Westview Press Inc
Publish Date: 2-Apr-2004
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Philip Carl Salzman

Philip Carl Salzman is professor of Anthropology at McGill University, Montreal and a leading authority on pastoral nomads. His ethnogr aphic research has been carried out primarily amon g nomadic and pastoral peoples in Baluchistan (Ira n), Rajastahn (India), and Sardinia (Italy). He i s founder and past editor of Nomadic Peoples, and international journal. His many journal articles have often been reprinted in anthologies, and he has co-edited numerous volumes, including When Nomads Settle, The Future of Pas toral Peoples, Change and Development in Nomadic and Pastoral Societies, Contempor ary Nomadic and Pastoral Peoples: Numbers 17 and 1 8, and Nomadic Peoples in a Changing Worl d. He is author of articles on pastoralism, nomadism, and transhumance, and ecological anthrop ology in the Encyclopedia of Cultural Anthropo logy and the Encyclopedia of Social and C ultural Anthropology Salzman recently was aw arded the 2001 Primio PitrSalomone Marino from t he International Center of Ethnohistory of Palermo for his book Black Tents of Baluchistan.

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