This book juxtaposes anthropological and historical perspectives on the political economy of African pastoralists, emphasizing dynamic factors in the emergence and realities of livestock-based societies in Africa. .
Part One: Introduction 1. Introduction Part Two: Cattle and Culture: Domestic Animals as Value and Sign 2. "How Beasts Lost Their Legs": Cattle in Tswana Economy and Society 3. "To Increase Cows, God Created the King": The Function of Cattle in Intralacustrine Societies Part Three: Exchange, Ecology and the "Common Economy" 4. Political Ecology in the Upper Nile: The Twentieth Century Expansion of the Pastoral "Common Economy" 5. Feasts, Famines and Friends: Nineteenth. Century Exchange and Ethnicity in the Eastern Lake Turkana Region Part Four: Warfare, Expansion and Pastoral Ethnicity 6. Movement, Warfare and Ethnicity in the Lower Omo Valley 7. Pastoral Orbits and Deadly Jousts: Factors in the Maasai Expansion 8. Herders, Traders and Clerics: The Impact of Trade, Religion and Warfare on the Evolution of Moorish Society Part Five: Hierarchy and Inequality in Regional Systems 9. Herders, Hunters and Smiths: Mobile Populations in the History of Kanem 10. Pastoro-Foragers to "Bushmen": Transformations in Kalahari Relations of Property, Production and Labor Part Six: Conclusion 11. The Current Realities of African Pastoralists