Ecology of African Pastoralist Societies — 2009

By Katherine Homewood

“A tour de force, if one considers the vast amount of material it covers, and the clear and balanced summaries it provides of recent literature and debates. A compendium of information about cattle-herding groups in Africa, and about approaches to understanding their history and ecology. Clear and well judged summaries of the current state of knowledge.”

David Turton — Senior Associate, Queen Elizabeth House, University of Oxford

“Katherine Homewood has done a tremendous service for those of us who study pastoralist societies and ecology in Africa. Her new book, Ecology of African Pastoralist Societies, aggregates in one source the important literature and theoretical insights about pastoralism on the continent, including studies and data from the often overlooked region of North Africa.”

African Studies Review

Ecology of African Pastoralist Societies is an expansive discussion of the ecology, history, and anthropology of pastoralism in Africa. Wide reference is made to ecology, demographics, history, anthropology, archaeology, ethnography, nutrition, entomology, veterinary medicine, and other subjects. The book is highly recommended to anyone interested in the importance of pastoralism in Africa whether it involves cattle, camels, or other herding animals…. I expect that this book will be a definitive work on the scholarship of African pastoralism for years to come.”

International Journal of African Historical Studies

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This study presents a comprehensive survey and analysis of the literature and debates surrounding African pastoralist societies by a leading anthropologist of African pastoralism. Katherine Homewood traces the origins and spread of pastoralism on the African continent before examining contemporary pastoralist environments and livelihoods. There are separate discussions of herd biology, pastoralist demography, and the impact of developments and change on pastoralist systems.

Katherine Homewood is a professor of anthropology at University College, London.

Cover of 'Ecology of African Pastoralist Societies'