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Black tents of Baluchistan

Author: Philip Carl Salzman
Publisher: Washington, DC : Smithsonian Institution Press, ©2000.
Series: Smithsonian series in ethnographic inquiry.
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"Drawing upon twenty-seven months spent among the men, women, and children of the Yarahmadzai tribe of Iranian Baluchistan, Philip Carl Salzman shows that such labels as "pastoral," "nomad," "chiefdom," "Muslim," and "subsistence" are misleading, because they reduce a complex and mutating multiplicity to an imagined essence. Relating the details of the group's life - from tent living and the division of daily labor  Read more...
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Salzman, Philip Carl.
Black tents of Baluchistan.
Washington, DC : Smithsonian Institution Press, ©2000
(OCoLC)606480423
Online version:
Salzman, Philip Carl.
Black tents of Baluchistan.
Washington, DC : Smithsonian Institution Press, ©2000
(OCoLC)631208621
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Philip Carl Salzman
ISBN: 156098810X 9781560988106
OCLC Number: 43245946
Description: ix, 390 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Contents: Tent Living --
Black Tents of Pushti Kamal --
The Camping Group --
Eating and Drinking --
Making a Living --
Herding and Husbanding --
Cultivating --
Raiding and Trading --
Migrating --
Working and Laboring --
Living in Order and Conflict --
Ties that Bind --
Lineages and Leaders in Action --
The Tribe and the Chief --
Praying and Pronouncing --
Conclusion: Reflecting on the Sarhadi Baluch.
Series Title: Smithsonian series in ethnographic inquiry.
Responsibility: Philip Carl Salzman.

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"Drawing upon twenty-seven months spent among the men, women, and children of the Yarahmadzai tribe of Iranian Baluchistan, Philip Carl Salzman shows that such labels as "pastoral," "nomad," "chiefdom," "Muslim," and "subsistence" are misleading, because they reduce a complex and mutating multiplicity to an imagined essence. Relating the details of the group's life - from tent living and the division of daily labor to kinship ties, lineage organization, and religion - Salzman discusses how Baluch shift between decentralized, egalitarian, segmentary lineage politics and centralized, hierarchical, chief-based politics. He also compares and contrasts the people of the Sarhad with other livestock-rearing, mobile peoples in the Middle East, Africa, and South Asia. Maintaining that scholarly conceptions of society have too often overemphasized unitary structural integration, Salzman argues that alternative stances or tendencies can remain embedded in a culture's repertoire, ready to be called forth in response to changing conditions."--Jacket.

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