Gombozhapov A. D.
The article considers the role of kinship in the social self-organization of nomads. Field research materials unequivocally record the existence of informal family-related groups, united on the basis of primarily common economic interests. The contradictions in the legal issues of pasture land use, on the one hand, and the temporality and relativity of the territorial settlement inherent to the nomadic way of life, on the other hand, contribute to the sustainable existence of informal groups in the social organization of nomads. Social and legal regulation in the absence of effective public-state institutions is replaced by traditional ideas about the right of ownership, carriers of which are represented by family-related groups of nomads.