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SEMESTER Spring 2014
Cultural Anthropology (SOC401)
Assignment No. 01
Due Date: May 19, 2014 Marks: 15
Food obtaining strategies vary from culture to culture as per geographical conditions of specific area. The residents of desertsmay rely on different strategies as compared to people living in hilly areas. But in certain situation natural calamities restrict the process of obtaining food and areas are suspected to drought situation. Same situation is being witnessed in the area of THAR, Sindh in Pakistan. People living in Thar Desert usually rely on their cattle and set their residence in the areas where water is available. The current wave of drought is one of the outcomes of unattainability of water but there are certain other factors which have caused such situation. Being a student of cultural anthropology, you are well aware of the fact that anthropologists are in continuous struggle to survive the indigenous cultures around the world.
Keeping in mind the context of this alarming situation answer the following questions:
1. Is disaster in Thar Desert humanly created or it is a natural process? (4)
2. What are the reasons behind the situation in the area? Identify five solid points. (5)
3. What possible solutions do you think can overcome the drought problem in Thar
Solutions must be based on anthropological thinking.
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