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Can Notions of Common Property and the Common Good Survive? The Consequences of Classical Economics for Karamojong Nomadic Pastoralists

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dc.contributor.author Knighton, Ben en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2009-07-31T14:32:30Z
dc.date.available 2009-07-31T14:32:30Z
dc.date.issued 2006 en_US
dc.date.submitted 2006-09-25 en_US
dc.date.submitted 2006-09-25 en_US
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/10535/831
dc.description.abstract "Despite the attempt of the Government of Uganda to grant private land titles in Karamoja, communal grazing rights are very much perpetuated by traditional politics and religion in Karamojong culture. Far from being in decline, the pastoralist range management system is in expansionist mode with more livestock and more herders than ever before. However this system is a threat to the new world order for three reasons. It is inimical to capitalist development as the Karamojong are most reluctant to commoditize their wealth in cattle or to cut themselves off from cattle- based livelihoods and values. They carry small arms to protect their herds and sometimes to acquire cattle from their enemies. They do not subscribe to national or international goals of economic development, refusing a sedentary lifestyle compatible with Ugandan norms of 'civilization', so that their continuing identity may survive with surprising autonomy. Basic to the discrepancy between local and Western notions of what is sustainable are different notions of livestock and space. Karamojong notions of freedom is the treasured right of each herd-owner or herder of a family herd to decide on a daily basis when and where herds should graze. This usually involves a 'tracking' strategy, seeking grazing areas with the optimum rainfall, nutrients, and minerals at any particular time. Any imposed restriction on grazing in order to protect pastures is regarded as a social threat. Western concepts of rangeland managements derive from the agrarian and industrial revolutions when British land tenure was transformed by enclosure, at great social cost, to ensure that there were private returns to investment to land, so that those who did not invest in land improvement did not suffer from the externalities of public benefits. Commons therefore came to be seen as threats to property and as public 'bads', standing in the way of progress including improved cattle breeding and productivity." en_US
dc.subject IASC en_US
dc.subject pastoralism en_US
dc.subject common pool resources en_US
dc.subject common good en_US
dc.subject land tenure and use en_US
dc.subject livestock en_US
dc.subject public goods and bads en_US
dc.subject nomads en_US
dc.subject Karamojong (African people) en_US
dc.title Can Notions of Common Property and the Common Good Survive? The Consequences of Classical Economics for Karamojong Nomadic Pastoralists en_US
dc.type Conference Paper en_US
dc.coverage.region Africa en_US
dc.coverage.country Uganda en_US
dc.subject.sector Grazing en_US
dc.subject.sector General & Multiple Resources en_US
dc.identifier.citationmonth June en_US
dc.identifier.citationconference Survival of the Commons: Mounting Challenges and New Realities, the Eleventh Conference of the International Association for the Study of Common Property en_US
dc.identifier.citationconfdates June 19-23, 2006 en_US
dc.identifier.citationconfloc Bali, Indonesia en_US
dc.submitter.email elsa_jin@yahoo.com en_US

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