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Title:From water to world-making: African models and arid lands
Editor:Pálsson, GísliISNI
Year:1990
Pages:206
Language:English
City of publisher:Uppsala
Publisher:The Scandinavian Institute of African Studies
ISBN:9171063137
Geographic terms:Sudan
Ethiopia
Cape Verde
Kenya
Somalia
Tanzania
Subjects:Beja
Boran
Gabbra
Maasai
Nuba
Turkana
Rendille
subsistence economy
droughts
Abstract:The essays in this book focus on human life in arid lands in Africa. While arid lands pose similar problems for all humans, experience of the ecological 'facts' of aridity and drought is socially constructed, and located in a specific context of world-making. The contributors analyse and compare the ways in which subsistence producers adapt to arid environments in Africa in the following articles: 'The sources of life: Boran conceptions of wells and water' (Ethiopia/Kenya), by G. Dahl and Gemetchu Megerssa; 'Cattle are companions, goats are gifts: animals and people in Turkana thought' (Kenya), by V. Broch-Due; 'Formal categories in Maasai symbolism' (Kenya), by A. Hurskainen; 'Ways of milk and meat among the Maasai: gender identity and food resources in a pastoral economy', by A. Talle; 'Cultural models in Cape Verdean fishing' (Cape Verde), by G. Pálsson; 'Symbolic identification among the Hadendowa of Eastern Sudan', by M.A. Mohamed Salih; 'From slave to citizen: cultural change among the Lafofa Nuba of Central Sudan', by L. Manger; 'The changing patterns of pastoral production in Somali society' (Somalia), by E. Poulsen; 'Drought and change amongst northern Kenya nomadic pastoralists: the case of the Rendille and Gabra', by M.F. O'Leary; 'Pastoral territoriality and land degradation in Tanzania', by D.K. Ndagala.
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