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Contemporary Pastoralism in the Dhofar Mountains of Oman

Ball, Lawrence, MacMillan, Douglas, Tzanopoulos, Joseph, Spalton, Andrew, Al Hikmani, Hadi, Moritz, Mark (2020) Contemporary Pastoralism in the Dhofar Mountains of Oman. Human Ecology, . ISSN 0300-7839. (doi:10.1007/s10745-020-00153-5) (KAR id:80937)

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Abstract

In the Dhofar Mountains of Oman stakeholders are concerned about the social and ecological sustainability of pastoralism. In this study we used interviews with pastoralists to examine the prevailing drivers of pastoralism and how they are changing. We find that people are committed to pastoralism for sociocultural reasons, but also that this commitment is under pressure because of husbandry costs and changing values. We find that capital investment in feedstuff enables pastoralists to overcome the density-dependent regulation of livestock populations. However, high production costs deter investment in marketing and commercialization, and there is little offtake of local livestock. Our study reveals how pastoral values, passed down within households, motivate pastoralism in the face of high husbandry costs, modernization and social change.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1007/s10745-020-00153-5
Uncontrolled keywords: Arabia, pastoral values, supplementary feed, camels, overgrazing
Subjects: H Social Sciences
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Anthropology and Conservation
Depositing User: Joseph Tzanopoulos
Date Deposited: 21 Apr 2020 09:43 UTC
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2020 10:27 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/80937 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Tzanopoulos, Joseph: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-3322-2019
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