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A Post-Exotic Anthropology of Soqotra, Volume IIsland Pastoralism: External Entanglements and Internal Entailments

A Post-Exotic Anthropology of Soqotra, Volume I: Island Pastoralism: External Entanglements and... [This chapter offers an overview of the changing interactional dynamics between Soqotran pastoralists’ ecological praxes, environmental milieu, and the pastoral herds. Accordingly, it focuses on the transitional processes engendered by Soqotra’s external entanglements and their impacts on Soqotran pastoralists’ way of life. To elucidate the ramifications of these entanglements the chapter first highlights the emergence of an enclosure policy toward Soqotra’s pastoral domain and situates the discussion of pastoralism in Soqotra within the larger context of pastoralism in West Asia and North Africa. Subsequently, it inventories the pastoral domains through a description of the infrastructural underpinnings of pastoralism in Soqotra: the mixed mode of subsistence driven by environmental opportunism; the seasonality and typology of the spatial mobility of Soqotran pastoralists; and the geography of residence in terms of the distribution of clans and villages throughout the island’s sub-regions. It highlights the long genealogy of Soqotra’s pastoral herd to make the case of their constituting an “endemic” species along with its biodiversity, and reviews the policy consequences of environmentalists’ “graze phobia” on pastoralists’ livelihood. Also, it provides a provisional inventory of the herds’ population and explains the logic of their distribution around the island. And it concludes with a summary of the resulting mutations in the island’s pastoral way of life from the externally engendered transitional processes.] http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png

A Post-Exotic Anthropology of Soqotra, Volume IIsland Pastoralism: External Entanglements and Internal Entailments

Springer Journals — Jun 21, 2020

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Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright
© The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2020
ISBN
978-3-030-45637-5
Pages
163 –198
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-45638-2_5
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Abstract

[This chapter offers an overview of the changing interactional dynamics between Soqotran pastoralists’ ecological praxes, environmental milieu, and the pastoral herds. Accordingly, it focuses on the transitional processes engendered by Soqotra’s external entanglements and their impacts on Soqotran pastoralists’ way of life. To elucidate the ramifications of these entanglements the chapter first highlights the emergence of an enclosure policy toward Soqotra’s pastoral domain and situates the discussion of pastoralism in Soqotra within the larger context of pastoralism in West Asia and North Africa. Subsequently, it inventories the pastoral domains through a description of the infrastructural underpinnings of pastoralism in Soqotra: the mixed mode of subsistence driven by environmental opportunism; the seasonality and typology of the spatial mobility of Soqotran pastoralists; and the geography of residence in terms of the distribution of clans and villages throughout the island’s sub-regions. It highlights the long genealogy of Soqotra’s pastoral herd to make the case of their constituting an “endemic” species along with its biodiversity, and reviews the policy consequences of environmentalists’ “graze phobia” on pastoralists’ livelihood. Also, it provides a provisional inventory of the herds’ population and explains the logic of their distribution around the island. And it concludes with a summary of the resulting mutations in the island’s pastoral way of life from the externally engendered transitional processes.]

Published: Jun 21, 2020

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