Theoritical Orientation and Methods of Data Collection

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1991
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Herren, J. U.
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Urs J Herren
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The main aim of the present study is to describe the transformation of pastoral production in a fairly small area and community in North Central Kenya, as a result of its integration into capitalist relations of commodity production over the last eighty years. More specifically, it focuses on the process of social and economic differentiation currently under way in the study area by a close investigation of the differential socioeconomic strategies of households whose control of and access to livestock varies dramatically. As will be shown in Chapter 1, pastoral studies have rarely addressed the issue of rural differentiation and transformation. In contrast, this issue - the so-called "agrarian question" - has been extensively dealt with in "peasant studies". The present study can therefore be seen as an attempt to bring the Mukogodo situation within the orbit of discussions currently going on in "peasant studies".
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