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dc.contributor.authorSperling, Louise
dc.identifier.citationSperling, Louise (1984) The recruitment of labour among Samburu herders. Working paper no. 414, Nairobi: Institute for Development Studies, University of Nairobien_GB
dc.description.abstractThis paper describes the recruitment of labor among Samburu pastoralists. Focusing on herding, it shows that families are far from self-sufficient labor units. Herd owners amass much of their needed work force by borrowing related children and by participating in encampment-based cooperative activity. Joint herding is the norm, rather than the exception. The dearth of hired labor within encampments is itself remarkable. While Samburu themselves engage in wage labor, they are reluctant to recruit their own workers in this' manner. Animals, Sambaru wealth, lose value quickly if not properly tended. The herd owner’s need for loyal and reliable workers suggests that his own labor force is better marshalled through his network of closely-tied kin.en_GB
dc.publisherInstitute for Development Studies, University of Nairobien_GB
dc.relation.ispartofseriesWorking Papers.;414
dc.subjectWork and Labouren_GB
dc.titleThe recruitment of labour among Samburu herdersen_GB
dc.typeSeries paper (non-IDS)en_GB
dc.rights.holderInstitute for Development Studies, University of Nairobien_GB

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