Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Eric Abella Roth, Elliot Fratkin
    Pages 1-28
  3. Elliot Fratkin, Eric Abella Roth
    Pages 29-52
  4. John G. Galaty
    Pages 53-68
  5. John Mcpeak, Peter D. Little
    Pages 87-104
  6. Wario R. Adano, Karen Witsenburg
    Pages 105-136
  7. Kevin Smith
    Pages 137-153
  8. Elliot Fratkin, Kevin Smith
    Pages 155-171
  9. Martha A. Nathan, Eric Abella Roth, Elliot Fratkin, David Wiseman, Joan Harris
    Pages 193-208
  10. Masako Fujita, Eric Abella Roth, Martha A. Nathan, Elliot Fratkin
    Pages 209-234
  11. Bettina Shell-Duncan, Walter Obungu Obiero, Leunita Auko Muruli
    Pages 235-253
  12. Eric Abella Roth, Elizabeth N. Ngugi
    Pages 255-269
  13. Back Matter
    Pages 271-280

About this book


The Social, Health, and Economic Consequences of Pastoral Sedentarization in Marsabit District, Northern Kenya ERICABELLA ROTH AND ELLIOT FRATKIN 1. INTRODUCTION Formerly nomadic livestock-keeping pastoralists have settled in many regions of the world in the past century. Some groups, including those in the former Soviet Union, Iran, and Israel, have settled in response to state-enforced measures; others including Saami in Norway or Bedouins in Saudi Arabia, in response to changing economic opportunities. East Africa, home to many cattle- and camel-keeping pastoral societies, has been among the most recent to change. The shift to sedentism by East African pastoralists increased d- matically in the late 20th century as a result of sharp economic, political, demographic, and environmental changes. Prolonged drought, population growth, increased reliance on ag- culture, and political insecurities including civil war and ethnic conflict have all affected the ability of pastoralists to keep their herds. Still, the majority of pastoralist households in Kenya, Ethiopia, Somalia, and Tanzania remain committed to raising livestock, even as they adapt to farming or urban residence. Pastoral production remains a major economic focus in the savannas and scrub deserts of Africa, due to both its ecological adaptability and the economic incentive to market livestock and their products (Fratkin, 2001). Pastoralists settle for a variety of reasons, some in response to ‘pushes’away from the pastoral economy, others to the ‘pulls’of urban or agricultural life.


Public Health anthropology development development economics ecology economics employment environment health care nutrition population production sociology welfare

Editors and affiliations

  • Elliot Fratkin
    • 1
  • Eric Abella Roth
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of AnthropologySmith CollegeNorthampton
  2. 2.Department of AnthropologyUniversity of VictoriaVictoriaCanada

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title As Pastoralists Settle
  • Book Subtitle Social, Health, and Economic Consequences of Pastoral Sedentarization in Marsabit District, Kenya
  • Editors Elliot Fratkin
    Eric Abella Roth
  • Series Title Studies in Human Ecology and Adaptation
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Kluwer Academic / Plenum Publishers, New York 2005
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Humanities, Social Sciences and Law Social Sciences (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-0-306-48594-7
  • Softcover ISBN 978-1-4419-3462-8
  • eBook ISBN 978-0-306-48595-4
  • Series ISSN 1574-0501
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages X, 280
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Anthropology
    Population Economics
    Environmental Management
    Public Health
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From the reviews of the first edition:

"This book brings together chapters on various research projects in the semi-arid Marsabit district in northern Kenya. … The chapters cover a variety of issues on aspects of human welfare … . Overall the book is a set of fascinating accounts that demonstrate the difficulties in conceptualizing and measuring ‘development’ let alone in devising interventions to improve people’s lives in marginal semi-arid lands." (Sara Randall, Population Studies, Vol. 60 (3), 2006)

"This book is a compendium of studies on the pastoralists of Northern Kenya … . This book combines state of the art review with primary research … . is a milestone in our knowledge and understanding of contemporary pastoralism in sub-Saharan Africa in general, and of the biosocial correlates of sedentarization for women and children in Northern Kenyan pastoralist groups in particular. It will be of importance to researchers, students, policymakers, and practitioners in African drylands development." (Katherine Homewood, Human Ecology, 2006)