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

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Overview


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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813338149
  • Publisher: Westview Press
  • Publication date: 3/31/2004
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author


Philip Carl Salzman is professor of Anthropology at McGill University. He has carried out ethnographic research among nomadic and pastoral peoples in Baluchistan, Rajastan, and Sardinia. He is founder and past editor of the journal Nomadic Peoples and was awarded the 2001 Primio Pitrè-Salomone Marino from the International Center of Ethnohistory of Palermo for his book Black Tents of Baluchistan.
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Table of Contents

1 Introduction : pastoralism and pastoral societies 1
2 Agency and adaptation : pastoralists of Iran 17
3 Equality and anarchy : segmentary tribes 43
4 Hierarchical image and reality : tribal chiefdoms 77
5 Accommodation and resistance to the state : peasant pastoralists 103
6 What can we learn from pastoral peoples about equality, freedom, and democracy? 125
7 The dynamics of pastoral worlds 137
App Masters and masterworks of pastoral studies 159
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 6, 2004

    Salzman on Pastoralists

    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.

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