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Whither South Asian Pastoralism? An Introduction

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In this collection of articles, we attempt to bring together some of the more recent viewpoints on different forms of pastoralism in South Asia. Our objective is to document the enormous variety of adaptations and strategies that pastoralists in South Asia have crafted to address variations in the environmental, social and political risks they confront. Their actions belie the common image of pastoralists as irrational, whimsical and politically passive migrants. Instead, it reveals them as consciously pursuing a variety of sophisticated strategies. The articles in this issue also document precisely how many pastoralists work with states, with markets and as communities as they pursue their livelihoods and organise socio-politically.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: December 1, 2004

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  • Nomadic Peoples is an international journal published by the White Horse Press for the Commission on Nomadic Peoples, International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences. Its primary concerns are the current circumstances of all nomadic peoples around the world and their prospects. Its readership includes all those interested in nomadic peoples, scholars, researchers, planners and project administrators.
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