LL-NAS07
< order OR stability > Working with pastoral systems in a 'messy' world [Commission on Nomadic Peoples of the IUAES]

Convenors:
Saverio Kratli (IUAES Commission on Nomadic Peoples)
Chair:
Saverio Kratli
Stream:
Living landscapes: Nomadic and Sedentary/Paysages vivants: Nomadique et s├ędentaire
Location:
MRT 221
Start time:
4 May, 2017 at 8:30
Session slots:
3

Short abstract:

Contexts dominated by variability escape 'order' in the conventional sense that associates it with stability. Efforts to reduce their uncertainty by introducing stability only result in increased turbulence. The panel is about the implications of this paradox when working with pastoral systems.

Long abstract:

Contexts dominated by variability, contexts like those where pastoralists live, escape 'order' in the conventional sense that associates it with stability. They are 'messy' because they cannot be reduced to a steady or predictable state. Indeed, efforts to reduce their uncertainty by introducing stability only result in increased turbulence, that is more 'mess' (the 'mess paradox' described by Emery Roe). As structurally unstable contexts become more common under the effect of financial volatility, political unrest, or climate change, notions of order as stability become more anachronistic and the relevance of the mess paradox spreads. This panel is about the implications of the 'mess paradox' when working with pastoral systems. We are concerned with the quest for more appropriate understandings of both order and stability (and by extension of 'pastoral risk') and with the consequences of continuing to operate, in development as in humanitarian aid, or peace building, with the conventional notions of order as a steady state.