The Poor Are Not Us: Poverty and Pastoralism in Eastern Africa
by David M. Anderson
contributions by Vigdis Broch-Due
edited by David M. Anderson and Vigdis Broch-Due
Ohio University Press, 1999
Cloth: 978-0-8214-1312-8 | Paper: 978-0-8214-1313-5
Library of Congress Classification GN658.P66 1999
Dewey Decimal Classification 306.09676


Eastern African pastoralists often present themselves as being egalitarian, equating cattle ownership with wealth. By this definition “the poor are not us”, poverty is confined to non-pastoralist, socially excluded persons and groups.

Exploring this notion means discovering something about self-perceptions and community consciousness, how pastoralist identity has been made in opposition to other modes of production, how pastoralists want others to see them and how they see themselves.

This collection rejects the premise of pastoral egalitarianism and poses questions about the gradual creep of poverty, changing patterns of wealth and accumulation, the impact of diminishing resources on pastoral communities and the impact of external values of land, labor, and livestock.

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