The sociocultural contexts and meanings associated with livestock keeping in rural South Africa

  • Andrew Ainslie


This paper complements Vetter’s position paper, ‘Development and sustainable management of rangeland commons – aligning policy with the realities of South Africa’s rural landscape’ (Vetter in this issue). It seeks to advance the debate regarding the contemporary nature of livestock keeping in South Africa. It sheds some anthropological light on the role of ‘culture’ in accounting for people’s values and practices in relation to livestock and reflects on the implications of this for policy-making in this area.

Keywords: cattle, communal rangelands, livestock, policy, social systems

African Journal of Range & Forage Science 2013, 30(1&2): 35–38

Author Biography

Andrew Ainslie
School of Agriculture, Policy and Development, University of Reading, Whiteknights Campus, Reading, RG6 6AR, UK

Journal Identifiers

eISSN: 1727-9380
print ISSN: 1022-0119