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Turkana-Dassanech relations: economic diversification and inter-communal conflicts, 1984-2015

Abstract : This study is on Turkana-Dassanech Relations: Economic Diversification and Frequency of Inter-communal Conflict, 1984-2015. The focus is on induced economic diversification and its influence on frequency of inter-communal conflicts between the Turkana and Dassanech communities of north-west Kenya. The study sought to assess four hypotheses, namely; that the Turkana and Dassanech communities have historically been in conflict: there has been a gradual decline in pastoral activities in the study area; that there has been diversification of livelihoods as a response to the continual decline of pastoral yields to bellow subsistence levels; and fourthly, that the adoption of the ‘new’ economies has increased the frequency of conflict in the study area. The study used Eco-scarcity theory in analysing the nexus between supply-induced resource scarcity, economic diversification and frequency of communal conflicts. Thirty five respondents were interviewed in Lodwar, Kalokol and Illeret regions. Focused group discussions were also held in these areas. Documentations from Kenya National Archives and Reports by agencies working in the area played a key role in reconstructing the history of the relations between the Turkana and the Dassanech.
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Nicholas Shimali Aurah. Turkana-Dassanech relations: economic diversification and inter-communal conflicts, 1984-2015. Political science. 2018. ⟨dumas-02282823⟩



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