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Title The ecology of pastoralism / edited by P. Nick Kardulias (College of Wooster)
Published Boulder, Colorado : University Press of Colorado, 2015
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Contents Introduction: Pastoralism as an Adaptive Strategy / P. Nick Kardulias -- The Study of Nomads in the Republic of Kazakhstan / Claudia Chang -- The Ecology of Inner Asian Pastoral Nomadism / Nikolay Kradin -- Agropastoralism and Transhumance in Hunza / Homayun Sidky -- Animals, Identity, and Mortuary Behavior in Late Bronze Age-Early Iron Age Mongolia : A Reassessment of Faunal Remains in Mortuary Monuments of Nomadic Pastoralists / Erik G. Johannesson -- Kalas and Kurgans : Some Considerations on Late Iron Age Pastoralism within the Central Asian Oasis of Chorasmia / Michelle Negus Cleary -- FulBe Pastoralists and the Neo-Patrimonial State in the Chad Basin / Mark Moritz -- Flexibility in Navajo Pastoral Land Use : An Historical Perspective / Lawrence A. Kuznar -- Accidental Dairy Farmers : Social Transformations in a Rural Irish Parish / Mark T. Shutes -- Real Milk from Mechanical Cows : Adaptations among Irish Dairy Cattle Farmers / Mark T. Shutes -- Island Pastoralism, Isolation, and Connection : An Ethnoarchaeological Study of Herding on Dokos, Greece / P. Nick Kardulias -- The Ecology of Herding : Conclusions, Questions, Speculations / Thomas D. Hall
Summary "In The Ecology of Pastoralism, a diverse group of contributions from archaeologists and ethnographers address pastoralism's significant impact on humanity's basic subsistence and survival, focusing on the network of social, political, and religious institutions existing within various societies dependent on animal husbandry. Pastoral peoples, both past and present, have organized their relationship with certain animals to maximize their ability to survive and adapt to a wide range of conditions over time. Despite differences in landscape, environment, and administrative and political structures, contributors show these societies share a major similar characteristic--high flexibility. Based partially on the adaptability of various domestic animals to difficult environments and partially on the ability of people to establish networks allowing them to accommodate political, social, and economic needs, this flexibility is key to survival of complex pastoral systems and serves as the connection among the varied cultures in the volume. Using archaeological and contemporary data, the wide variety of cases from a broad geographic sampling in The Ecology of Pastoralism offer a new perspective on the study of pastoralism that makes this volume a valuable contribution to current research in the area"-- Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Adaptability (Psychology)
Adaptation (Biology)
Human ecology.
Landscape archaeology.
Pastoral systems -- Environmental aspects
Pastoral systems -- History
Social archaeology.
Adaptability (Psychology)
Adaptation (Biology)
Human ecology.
Landscape archaeology.
Pastoral systems.
SOCIAL SCIENCE -- Anthropology -- General.
Social archaeology.
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING -- Agriculture -- Animal Husbandry.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
Author Kardulias, P. Nick, editor.
ISBN 1457193698