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Title:Economic Interaction in Pastoral Areas: Commercialisation and Social Change among Kenya's Maasai
Author:Zaal, FredISNI
Year:1999
Periodical:Nomadic Peoples
Volume:3
Issue:2
Pages:97-114
Language:English
Geographic term:Kenya
Subjects:social change
Maasai
pastoralists
market economy
marketing
animal husbandry
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Development and Technology
Economics and Trade
External link:https://doi.org/10.3167/082279499782409424
Abstract:The author discusses the processes and consequences of pastoralists' partial integration into the market economy, using the case of the Maasai pastoralists in Kajiado District, Kenya as an example. He identifies a number of major, mutually influencing trends, two that necessitated change (loss of land and population growth) and one that formed part of the conditions for change (land tenure changes). Most Maasai have chosen for the option of continued specialization in livestock production, made possible by a functioning market system and increased participation in that system. In the process, some social institutions relating to economic functions have changed, such as the role of senior elders in range management, the role of women in household production, and in the community, and in the relationships between generations either within the household or between senior elders and individual pastoralists. The study is based on fieldwork carried out in 1992-1998. Bibliogr., notes, sum. in French and Spanish.
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