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Article - ‘I exist because you exist’: The moral economy of pastoralists in response to COVID-19

Article - ‘I exist because you exist': The moral economy of pastoralists in response to COVID-19

As the world struggles to respond to the spread of COVID-19, uncertainties are being confronted at every turn. Modern interventions that provide ‘fixity’, ‘stability’ and ‘control’ cannot effectively respond to diverse uncertainties across time and space.

Many pastoral areas are beyond state provision of health and social security, and so even standard approaches do not reach such populations. In these areas, people necessarily will get through the pandemic primarily through mobilising their own connections, resources and responses. This article asks how can support networks within pastoral communities be mobilised quickly, and how are these structured to respond to uncertainty?

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