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Transhumance revisited: on mobility and process between ethnography and history

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<mark>Journal publication date</mark>1/06/2018
<mark>Journal</mark>Journal of Historical Sociology
Issue number2
Number of pages15
Pages (from-to)119-133
Publication StatusPublished
Early online date28/06/17
<mark>Original language</mark>English


This paper advances the argument that transhumance, the seasonal movement of pastoral people and their livestock, is a useful site for critical reflection on Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari’s Thousand Plateaus (1988) and its importance to the understanding of mobility and process. It does so by bringing into dialogue ethnographic and historical perspectives on the resonance between transhumance and Deleuzian configurations of both nomadism and relations between human and non-human animals. It concludes that adjacent juxtaposition and syncretic ordering of diversity, rather than any ontological reconstruction, may be key to a more constructive engagement with the complexities of contemporary existence.