The emergence of the village and the transformation of traditional institutions: a case study from Northern Tanzania

McCabe, J. T., Leslie, P. and Davis, A. (2020) The emergence of the village and the transformation of traditional institutions: a case study from Northern Tanzania. Human Organization, 79(2), pp. 150-160. (doi: 10.17730/1938-3525.79.2.150)

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In this paper, we examine how the 2008-2009 drought in northern Tanzania contributed to and catalyzed the transformation of governance concerning the management of natural resources from traditional informal institutions among the Maasai to formal village-based institutions. Our central argument is that village governance in northern Tanzania represents a new, formal institution that is supplementing and in some important ways obviating traditional, informal institutions. Further, this replacement is central to what appears to be a transformation of the social-ecological system embracing the rangelands and pastoral/agropastoral people in northern Tanzania. In this paper, we document the basis for our claims concerning the institutional shift and discuss its implications for livelihoods and social relationships.

Item Type:Articles
Keywords:Institutions, Maasai, governance, transformation, drought, East Africa, Tanzania
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Davis, Dr Alicia
Authors: McCabe, J. T., Leslie, P., and Davis, A.
Subjects:G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > G Geography (General)
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GN Anthropology
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences > Sociology Anthropology and Applied Social Sciences
Journal Name:Human Organization
Publisher:Society of Applied Anthropology
ISSN (Online):19383525
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2020 Society of Applied Anthropology
First Published:First published in Human Organization 79(2):150-160
Publisher Policy:Reproduced with the permission of the publisher

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Project CodeAward NoProject NamePrincipal InvestigatorFunder's NameFunder RefLead Dept
1533552Collaborative Research: Event Ecology and Extreme Events as Transformative Factors in Pastoral Social-Ecological SystemsJ. Terrence McCabeNational Science FoundationUNSPECIFIED