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Flock Use Among Bedouin in 'spontaneous' Settlements in The Negev Desert, Southern Israel

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Approximately a thousand Bedouin families living in unrecognised, scattered settlements in the Negev desert, Israel, raise sheep and goats even though this enterprise shows marginal profits and, sometimes, losses. The aim of this study was to examine the uses of flocks among Bedouin households. It emerged that the flocks were kept for status, preservation of social networks, source of income, employment, family cohesion and maintaining land claims.
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Keywords: BEDOUIN HOUSEHOLDS; NEGEV DESERT; SETTLEMENTS; SHEEP AND GOATS; SPONTANEOUS

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: June 1, 2006

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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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