Gudrun Dahl, Professor, Department of Social Anthropology, Stockholm University

Reflections on the future of Boran society in Northern Kenya

This paper discusses ongoing changes in Northern Kenya and what their implications can be for the continuation of traditional Borana forms of subsistence and social organization, particularly open-access to pasture and water and the lineage-based forms of resource control that have been so closely associated with livestock holdings. Aspects that will be problematized are the new infrastructural programs of rail/highway/pipe-line installments in northern Kenya, wild-life tourism, "community land-rights" and possibly extended irrigation from subterranean water findings and finally the exploitation of minerals.

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