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Changing Nomads in a Changing World


Joseph Ginat, formerly Chairman of the Jewish-Arab Center at the University of Haifa, and a former Director of the Israeli Academic Center in Cairo, is currently working with the Egyptian scholar Maha El-Rashidi on methods of conflict resolution.

Anatoly M. Khazanov is Professor of Anthropology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. A Fellow of the British Academy, an Honorary Member of the Jenghiz-Khan Society in Mongolia, and a 1993–4 Guggenheim Fellow, he is author of Nomads and the Outside World.

This volume, which contains a chapter entitled “Great Scholar, Great Man, Great Friend (Remembering Ernest Gellner),” brings together leading anthropologists who discuss how pastoralists are coping and changing as the societies they inhabit change at an unprecedented pace.

The different issues pertaining to the different geographic areas covered are united by a general theme: socioeconomic and cultural changes in contemporary pastoralist societies and groups. These changes are far from being spontaneous. They result from the painful adaptation of the mobile and extensive pastoralists to the modern (some scholars would argue already postmodern) world, in which pastoralists occupy only a marginal and inferior economic and social position. This is true even with regard to Middle Eastern countries, although in some of them a social prestige connected with pastoralism is still quite high.

Discussion focuses on the worldwide deterioration of the socio-political and economic standing of the pastoralist, the historical factors of colonization/de-colonization, and how modernizing sedentary society (with its technological inventions, modern infrastructure, and national requirements of taxation and education) impacts on change in nomadic societies.

Hardback ISBN: 978-1-898723-44-8
Hardback Price: £45.00 / $65.00
Release Date: February 1998
Paperback ISBN: 978-1-84519-199-3
Paperback Price: £25.00 / $34.95
Release Date: August 2014
Page Extent / Format: 256 pp. / 229 x 152 mm
Illustrated: No


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