Undergraduate Honors Theses

Thesis Defended

Spring 2017

Document Type

Thesis

Type of Thesis

Departmental Honors

Department

Anthropology

First Advisor

Christian Hammons

Second Advisor

Carla Jones

Third Advisor

Erin Espelie

Fourth Advisor

Robert Wyrod

Abstract

The aim of this study is to contribute multiple perspectives on the daily lives of pastoralist teenagers through processes that facilitate young people being active participants in representing their lived realities. To accomplish this task, 11 Pokot and Turkana pastoralist teenagers from two field sites in northern Kenya were offered video cameras to document aspects of their lives that they deemed important. Drawing from anthropological scholarship on global youth, this study positions young pastoralists as cultural agents who incorporate both local and global influences into their experiences, identities, and actions. Looking closer at the challenging circumstances surrounding pastoral livelihoods, we see that young pastoralists must navigate what it means to be raised pastoralist as well as the circumstances of living in highly modern Kenya. Through the application of modified participatory video methods, this project explores how viewing alongside pastoralist youth creates the opportunity to see the multiple influences on their identities. This research highlights the importance of adding complexity to the often narrow focus afforded to these young people while contributing to a larger understanding of Kenya pastoralists’ experiences.

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