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Studies in Human Ecology and Adaptation

Pastures of Change

Contemporary Adaptations and Transformations among Nomadic Pastoralists of Eastern Tibet

Authors: Tan, Gillian

  • Focuses on changes among nomadic pastoralists who are choosing to remain with their animals, rather than moving to towns
  • Introduces  multi-agented ethnography  that examines not only nomadic perceptions of change but also change as planned and implemented by the Chinese government and international agencies
  • Includes data from lesser-examined region of Tibet called Kham
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About this book

This book offers a novel examination of socio-environmental change in a nomadic pastoralist area of the eastern Tibetan plateau. Drawing on long-term fieldwork that underscores an ethnography of local nomadic pastoralists, international development organisations, and Chinese government policies, the book argues that careful analysis and comparison of the different epistemologies and norms about "change" are vital to any critical appraisal of developments - often contested - on the grasslands of Eastern Tibet.

Tibetan nomads have developed a way of life that is dependent in multiple ways on their animals and shaped by the phenomenological experience of mobility. These pastoralists have adapted to many changes in their social, political and environmental contexts over time. From the earliest historically recorded systems of segmentary lineage to the incorporation first into local fiefdoms and then into the Chinese state (of both Nationalist and Communist governments), Tibetan pastoralists have maintained their way of life, complemented by interactions with "the outside world".

Rapid changes brought about by an intensification of interactions with the outside world call into question the sustained viability of a nomadic way of life, particularly as pastoralists themselves sell their herds and settle into towns. This book probes how we can more clearly understand these changes by looking specifically at one particular area of high-altitude grasslands in the Tibetan Plateau.

About the authors

Gillian G. Tan is an anthropologist with research interests that cover 1) contemporary social and environmental changes on the Tibetan plateau, 2) human-nonhuman relationships among Tibetan nomadic pastoralists, and 3) theoretical and practical intersections between ecology and religiosity. She received her Ph.D from the University of Melbourne and has been a postdoctoral research fellow at the Laboratoire d'Anthropologie Sociale. Currently, she lectures in anthropology at the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Deakin University in Geelong, Australia. 

Table of contents (8 chapters)

  • Pastoralism and Change in the Eastern Tibetan Plateau

    Tan, Gillian G.

    Pages 1-19

  • Ethnographic Setting of Nomadic Pastoralism in Eastern Tibet

    Tan, Gillian G.

    Pages 21-45

  • Ideologies of Change from Maoist Development to Market-Oriented Governmentality

    Tan, Gillian G.

    Pages 47-70

  • “Change for a Better Future”: International Development in Eastern Tibet

    Tan, Gillian G.

    Pages 71-95

  • Historical Engagements in Eastern Tibet

    Tan, Gillian G.

    Pages 97-115

Buy this book

eBook £63.99
price for United Kingdom (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-76553-2
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover £79.99
price for United Kingdom (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-76552-5
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Pastures of Change
Book Subtitle
Contemporary Adaptations and Transformations among Nomadic Pastoralists of Eastern Tibet
Authors
Series Title
Studies in Human Ecology and Adaptation
Series Volume
10
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing AG, part of Springer Nature
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-76553-2
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-76553-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-76552-5
Series ISSN
1574-0501
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 200
Number of Illustrations
2 b/w illustrations, 13 illustrations in colour
Topics