Pastoral Societies Return to Sociology Timeline
Herding Picture

Pastoral Societies

Pastoral societies are societies in which animals are domesticated and raised for food in pastures.

Pastoral societies tended to develop in arid regions where there was insufficient rainfall to raise crops on the land. Pastoral societies were usually nomadic, moving on to a new area after the animals had exhausted the food supply in each pasture.

Return to Sociology Timeline
Copyright © 1995, Idea Works, Inc.
Portions copyright © 1995, Board of Curators, University of Missouri.
Idea Works and the program names mentioned above are all trademarks of Idea Works, Inc.

This page is still in progress. Please send comments and requests for information to