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 (păs′tər-ə-lĭz′əm, pä′stər-)
1. The quality or state of being pastoral. Used especially of a literary work.
2. An economic system or way of life based on the raising and herding of livestock.

pas′tor·al·ist n.


(ˈpæs tər əˌlɪz əm, ˈpɑ stər-)

the herding of domesticated animals as the primary economic activity of a society.


a writing style that focuses on the life of shepherds or herdsman. — pastoralist, n.
See also: Literary Style
the herding or tending of cattle as a primary economic activity or occupation. Also pasturage. — pastoralist, n. — pastoral, adj.
See also: Economics
the herding or tending of cattle as a primary economic activity or occupation. Also called pasturage. — pastoralist, n.pastoral, adj.
See also: Agriculture
References in classic literature ?
These romances, carrying further the tendency which appears in Sidney's 'Arcadia,' are among the most extravagant of all products of the romantic imagination--strange melanges of ancient history, medieval chivalry, pastoralism, seventeenth century artificial manners, and allegory of current events.
The research proposes to analyse a specific segment of this domain, that of pastoralism extensive livestock rearing which importantly contributes to manage marginal territories and fragile ecosystems, which are of increasing concern for many EU policies.
The duelling timpanists - only Stravinsky's Rite of Spring had done this before - were spectacular indeed but special praise must go to the woodwinds, so seminal in Nielsen's view of the importance of radiant pastoralism with all its life-enhancement.
The study draws a comparison between pastoralist girls and girls living in communities transitioning out of pastoralism, complementing Mercy Corps' 2014 research in the Sahel that illustrates the powerful influence gender dynamics have on household and community resilience.
While recording the immense cultural knowledge that Dutton possessed, Beckett is primarily concerned to explore how Aboriginal participation in the colonial economics of Australian pastoralism enabled Dutton and others of his generation to adopt a dual understanding of Country and its law, which for a time succeeded in bridging the cultural divide between native and settler.
Shongolo, Pastoralism & Politics in Northern Kenya & Southern Ethiopia.
Other projects included support for improving pastoralism through community development and livelihoods in Ethiopia.
Across the variety of tenures, including Aboriginal owned national parks, their aim is to seek to develop a range of economic initiatives including tourism, carbon management, conservation and cultural management and to continue with sustainable pastoralism.
Study author Sarah Tishkoff of the University of Pennsylvania, said that the study sheds light on both the genetic basis and evolutionary history of a biologically relevant trait in humans and the origins of pastoralism in Africa.
The closing communique said ministers from the five nations would work together to identify priority investment projects and seek sources of international financing, focusing on areas such as infrastructure, food security, agriculture and pastoralism.
Domesticating wild canids might have primed conditions for pastoralism and set the stage for other innovations, Larson speculates.
With over 65 percent of the population relying on pastoralism to earn a living, the huge livestock deaths could have long-term negative consequences.