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Adaptation, Access to Resources and Mobility: From Contemporary Pastoral Systems to Ancient Societies

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Building on the literature on adaptation and on examples from contemporary pastoralists in Gujarat, we explore dynamics of pastoral systems and, more precisely, their adaptive strategies. We specifically focus on resource accessibility and mobility and how those two issues relate with the broader institutional settings in which pastoral production is embedded. We then apply this conceptual framework to an archaeological site also found in Gujarat, Bagasra, in order to explore probable dynamics of the ancient pastoral system in relation to resources accessibility and mobility. Dealing with archaeological past is always difficult given the limited availability of data. We argue that the conceptual approach proposed here allow us to draw some hypotheses about adaptation strategies, for which it appears a relevant way to further explore the dynamics of ancient pastoral systems.
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Keywords: Access to resources; Rabari; adaptation; institutional flexibility; mobility; nomadic pastoralists

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: January 1, 2017

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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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