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Subsistence Strategies Pastoralists face complex set of interlocking decisions, each of which can be studied in depth: 1) herd species (single or mixed?) 3) allocation of available labor force (household or larger kin group) 4) herd movement and pasture utilization (both normal and extreme climatic conditions) 5) mix of pastoralism with other subsistence options (trade, agriculture) Evidence indicates that a wealth of knowledge goes into pastoralist decision making, and understanding these systems has sometimes been hampered by ignorance of researchers, who didn't understand enough about these systems and their determinants to ask herders intelligent questions As a consequence, economic rationality of pastoralists has all too often been misunderstood or overlooked by bureaucrats and aid workers In particular, they have questioned pastoralist herd management, claiming they let herds get too large, causing overgrazing
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This note was uploaded on 11/22/2011 for the course ANT ANT2000 taught by Professor Monicaoyola during the Fall '10 term at Broward College.

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