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Ideological Aspects of Nomad-Sedentary Contact: A Case from Southern Baluchistan
Vol. 44, No. 3, Comparative Studies of Nomadism and Pastoralism (Special Issue) (Jul., 1971), pp. 173-184
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3316937
Page Count: 12
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In the Makran region of Pakistani Baluchistan, the social organization of the pastoral nomads is strongly influenced by their participation in a wider social system involving substantial sedentary populations as well as by the natural-environmental constraints of a migratory herding life. This discussion examines the ways in which Baluch ideologies of feminine and masculine honor, in the context of nomad-sedentary interaction, have helped to shape aspects of Makrani nomad social-organization. Such organizational features reflect the nomad's desire to shield his women from sexual breaches which reflect on male status-a concern which is heightened during periods of nomad sedentary contact, such as the yearly date harvest or when drought forces nomads to turn to the settlements for survival.
Anthropological Quarterly © 1971 The George Washington University Institute for Ethnographic Research