Pastoralists: Equality, Hierarchy, and the State / Edition 1

Pastoralists: Equality, Hierarchy, and the State / Edition 1

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by Philip Carl Salzman
     
 

ISBN-10: 081333814X

ISBN-13: 9780813338149

Pub. Date: 03/31/2004

Publisher: Westview Press


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…  See more details below

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813338149
Publisher:
Westview Press
Publication date:
03/31/2004
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
208
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

1Introduction : pastoralism and pastoral societies1
2Agency and adaptation : pastoralists of Iran17
3Equality and anarchy : segmentary tribes43
4Hierarchical image and reality : tribal chiefdoms77
5Accommodation and resistance to the state : peasant pastoralists103
6What can we learn from pastoral peoples about equality, freedom, and democracy?125
7The dynamics of pastoral worlds137
AppMasters and masterworks of pastoral studies159

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Pastoralists: Equality, Hierarchy, and the State 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
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Salzman has an unrivalled knowledge of pastoralists all over the world. He studied pastoralists in Baluchistan, Rajastan and Sardinia and has probably read and commented on every important work in this thriving sub-field of anthropology. The book distils the insights gathered in 30 years of work and thinking. It is largely based on Salzman's recent articles,revised into a seemless text. It deals with the major ongoing discussions on such matters as the adaptations of pastoralists to a rapidly changing world, their relations with the state, tribal government, equality and hierarchy within tribes. A vey balanced and fair synthesis, warmly recommended as a college text.