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  • Julio Sa Rego

Grazing Communities: Pastoralism on the Move and Biocultural Heritage Frictions

Book review of Grazing Communities: Pastoralism on the Move and Biocultural Heritage Frictions edited by Letizia Bindi


Pastoralism has long offered a privileged field of research for producing contextualised ethnographies on mobile communities living on the fringes of society. These ethnographies described pastoral systems of specific communities with a feeble orientation towards the connection of the local anthropological observations with more universal theoretical and political debates. Times have changed. Anthropology has begun to approach more systematically other social and environmental disciplines which has contributed to a shift in pastoralism studies in recent years. Thematic publications are now increasing with the aim of connecting local pastoralism to global (economic, social, cultural, or environmental) challenges from a transdisciplinary lens. Grazing Communities: Pastoralism on the Move and Biocultural Heritage Frictions, edited by Letizia Bindi, falls positively within this modern anthropological movement. From a multi-disciplinary perspective, it brings a diversity of ethnographic cases of pastoralism in Europe to establish a global narrative on intangible heritage frictions related to transhumance. [keep reading]


Sa Rego, J. Book review of Grazing Communities: Pastoralism on the Move and Biocultural Heritage Frictions edited by Letizia Bindi. Pastoralism 12, 39 (2022). https://doi.org/10.1186/s13570-022-00256-2

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