Ariaal Pastoralists of Kenya: Studying Pastoralism, Drought, and Development in Africa’s Arid Lands (Cultural Survival Studies in Ethnicity and Change) by Elliot. Ariaal pastoralists of Kenya: studying pastoralism, drought, and development in Africa’s arid lands. Responsibility: Elliot M. Fratkin. Edition: 2nd ed. The Ariaal, a nomadic community of about people in northern Kenya, have been seized on by researchers since the s, after one.

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If the geography and climate of their location guides their survival techniques, then from their life strategies come aiaal, family size and distribution of labour. Contact Contact Us Help. English Choose a language for shopping. Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1. Fratkin has included a number of photographs, figures, tables and maps in his book that strengthen his arguments.

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Nielsen Book Data What Fratkin manages to unravel in front of our eyes is the structure within this nomadic society that makes it possible for it to function. Write a customer review. Amazon Advertising Find, attract, and engage customers. All articles with unsourced statements Articles with unsourced statements from January Articles with incomplete citations from February All articles with incomplete citations All stub articles. Elliot Fratkin’s Surviving Drought and Development is one such monograph.

Skip to search Skip to main content. The Ariaal are northern Kenyan pastoralists. An Ariaal person killing a lion is highly respected.

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The Worlds of a Maasai Warrior: The failure of these projects was aptly summarized by one of Fratkin’s Rendille informants who remarked: Until pastpralists the study of pastoral societies has been a neglected field. Soon, we realize how the man and animal feed off of each other in the symbiotic relationship and one is soon able to build connections from between the chapters.


This small, accessible ethnography offers a detailed pastorapists at pastoral ecology, life in an Ariaal community, the trials and tribulations of anthropological fieldwork, and problems of development and social change for Ariaal people.

Fratkin also argues for increased access to veterinary services by pastoralists, expansion of conservation programs, the spread of water wells rather than having them in a few places and curtailing the movement of pastoralists, expansion of market infrastructures and involving pastoralists in development projects which affect them rather than looking at pastoralists as “objects to be changed, to be developed, to be saved” p.

An pastora,ists in the New York Times Nov. His observations treat them like any pasgoralists society and he does not patronize them. Hence, one question that Fratkin raises is that of identity and an import of western set of values and ideals being dumped on developing nations thus helping in creation of hegemonic notions of the individual and collective self.

If you would like to authenticate using a different subscribed institution that supports Shibboleth authentication or have your own login and password to Project MUSE, click ‘Authenticate’. What is admirable is that he has been able to secure a friendly position within the Ariaal community and has lived with them as if one of their own, taking part in their ariala routine in the harsh climate and terrain of North Kenya. Withoutabox Pastkralists to Film Festivals.

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Please try again later. If the colony was barbaric, it was the coloniser who was civilized Metcalf In the last few years, a few other works have challenged this paternalistic view.


This is an important argument because it finds resonance among other authors writing on pastoral communities kdnya also.

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Views Read Edit View history. The researcher, Dan T. I recommend reading it alongside a map of Kenya, and a map of Africa as it will help fire our imaginations as we try to put some images to the words.

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Fratkin shows that both the missions as well as the UNESCO-IPAL projects were hastily carried out without taking into account the objective condition of ariaak region and the needs of the pastoralists. Help Center Find new research papers in: The pastoralist was also seen as an avaricious herder, only interested in increasing the size of his herds causing desertification. You can help Wikipedia by expanding it. Found a perfect copy on Amazon.

Learn more about Amazon Prime. There is also the view that human mismanagement was causing desertification in and around sub-saharan area Fratkinwhich was an oblique reference to pastoral life, alluding that it was the livestock allowed to graze anywhere and everywhere without any checks that was causing this ecological degradation. Customers who viewed this item also viewed.