We'd like to understand how you use our websites in order to improve them. Register your interest. This paper examines the effects of the drought upon household wealth differences in a community of Ariaal pastoralists of northern Kenya. The database consists of post-drought livestock counts and informants' statements of species-specific drought loss, compared to livestock counts on the same 38 households.
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We'd like to understand how you use our websites in order to improve them. Register your interest. This paper examines the effects of the drought upon household wealth differences in a community of Ariaal pastoralists of northern Kenya.
The database consists of post-drought livestock counts and informants' statements of species-specific drought loss, compared to livestock counts on the same 38 households. The analysis confirms the hypothesis that the drought resulted in increased household wealth inequalities. It is suggested that the combination of differential herd growth, differential participation in the cash market, and differential loss to the drought has contributed to a polarization within Ariaal of rich and poor, resulting in rural proletarianization and urban migration.
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Today: Ariaal Pastoralists of Kenya: Adaptation to Arid Lands
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Based on over twenty-five years of research and fieldwork, the Second Edition of Ariaal Pastoralists of Kenya: Studying Pastoralism, Drought, and Development in Africa's Arid Lands, offers a highly readable and often humorous ethnographic description of the Maasai-speaking society of East Africa. This unique text details the story of how one society of livestock herders in northern Kenya has adapted to and survived both natural and human-induced disasters of recent times, including drought and famine, inter-pastoralist warfare, and the wide-scale intervention of international development and relief organizations. The Ariaal's determination to maintain their pastoral lifestyle while taking advantage of new health, employment, marketing, and education opportunities offered in the growing Kenyan towns provides a fascinating study of the dynamics of cultural change and the threat to cultural survival among East African pastoralists. This small, accessible ethnography offers a detailed look at pastoral ecology, life in an Ariaal community, the trials and tribulations of anthropological fieldwork, and problems of development and social change for Ariaal people. Elliot M. Drought Development.