In this episode, Michael talks with Mark Moritz, professor of anthropology at the Ohio State University. They discuss Mark’s work on “open” property regimes in pastoralist systems around the world, and in particular in Cameroon where Mark has conducted extensive fieldwork. Mark describes his interpretation of open property regimes as an adaptation to resource scarcity and variability in pastoralist systems. This is a unique type of property regime that is less about imposing constraints than it is guaranteeing access, working in tandem with the well-known mobility of many pastoralists.
Mark’s website: https://anthropology.osu.edu/people/moritz.42
Moritz, M. (2016). Open property regimes. International Journal of the Commons, 10(2), 688.
Moritz, M., et al. 2018. Emergent Sustainability in Open Property Regimes. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 115 (51): 12859–67.