Tending one's flock

Purnendu Kavoori is at the Institute of Development Studies, Jaipur, an institution concerned with issues critical to livelihood such as sustainable use of natural resources; improvements in irrigation and water management; pattern and pace of agricultural development; land use and livestock management; deterioration of common property resources and environment; illiteracy; poor social infrastructure; low access of poor to food and minimum social services; unemployment and poverty in rural and urban areas; levels of political consciousness; communalism; violence and atrocities on women; empowerment of women... A distinguishing feature of the Institute is to help design interventions for grassroot organisations that are concentratedly attempting to cope with the problems of deprivation in a specific area.

His Pastoralism In Expansion: The Transhuming Herders Of Western Rajasthan appeared some years ago. "In this study of pastoral shepherds" published by OUP "Kavoori works to dispel some of the myths surrounding pastoralism. His historically-informed analysis provides detailed ecological information from migratory routes to historical transformations on the pastoral communities of western Rajasthan. He examines transhumance and reveals the complex interdependence between processes of pastoral production and the broader social and economic context of agriculture and markets."

[For those, like me, who find the word transhumance unfamiliar Wikipedia explains that this is the seasonal movement of people with their livestock over relatively short distances. Herders maintain permanent homes and only the herds travel, along with the people necessary to tend them.]

In our Anthropology section in hardcover, 228 pages with maps. Rs 495. ISBN: 9780195645439

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