Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Arts



First Advisor

Dr. Alan H. Jacobs

Second Advisor

Dr. William Garland

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Open Access


This thesis aims at examining variations in pastoral production systems of some Eastern African pastoral societies. It explores interactive models for such variations which focus on specific ecological, socioeconomic and social-structural factors of pastoral production per se. These models highlight some of the factors which create differing degrees of homogeneity or heterogeneity among Eastern African pastoral societies in general.

This problem is of intrinsic interest in anthropology because of the general lack of consensus as to the major factors related to pastoral variations in Eastern Africa or more importantly, in determining which factors are directly responsible for influencing modes of African pastoral productivity.

The societies in Eastern Africa that are discussed in this thesis have been chosen more or less at random to test, document, support, or substantiate the findings, because of the extensive literature about pastoralism in Eastern Africa.