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Pastoralists : Equality, Hierarchy, And The State - Philip Carl Salzman


Equality, Hierarchy, And The State

Paperback Published: 2nd April 2004
ISBN: 9780813338149
Number Of Pages: 203

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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.

Introduction : pastoralism and pastoral societiesp. 1
Agency and adaptation : pastoralists of Iranp. 17
Equality and anarchy : segmentary tribesp. 43
Hierarchical image and reality : tribal chiefdomsp. 77
Accommodation and resistance to the state : peasant pastoralistsp. 103
What can we learn from pastoral peoples about equality, freedom, and democracy?p. 125
The dynamics of pastoral worldsp. 137
Masters and masterworks of pastoral studiesp. 159
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ISBN: 9780813338149
ISBN-10: 081333814X
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 203
Published: 2nd April 2004
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 1.19
Weight (kg): 0.3
Edition Number: 1