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The Poor are Not Us : Poverty & Pastoralism in Eastern Africa, Hardback Book

The Poor are Not Us : Poverty & Pastoralism in Eastern Africa Hardback

Part of the Eastern African Studies series


Eastern African pastoralists often present themselves as being egalitarian, equating cattle ownership with wealth.

By this definition \u201cthe poor are not us\u201d, poverty is confined to non-pastoralist, socially excluded persons and groups.

Exploring this notion means discovering something about self-perceptions and community consciousness, how pastoralist identity has been made in opposition to other modes of production, how pastoralists want others to see them and how they see themselves.

This collection rejects the premise of pastoral egalitarianism and poses questions about the gradual creep of poverty, changing patterns of wealth and accumulation, the impact of diminishing resources on pastoral communities and the impact of external values of land, labor, and livestock.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 287 pages, Illustrations, maps
  • Publisher: Ohio University Press
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Regional studies
  • ISBN: 9780821413128

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