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我院Andreas Gruschke和Ingo Breuer教授出版新书:“藏族牧民和发展:谈判草原生计的未来”
发布日期:2017/6/19  点击次数:280

New book published : "Tibetan Pastoralists and Development: Negotiating the Future of Grassland Livelihoods"

 

This spring, Prof. Andreas Gruschke and Ingo Breuer published their newly edited volume “Tibetan Pastoralists and Development: Negotiating the Future of Grassland Livelihoods“.  The book is the result of a longclose interdisciplinary cooperation between a great number of Chinese scholars and the two editors who put stress on the volume to include specialists from China to make their research reseults known to a western audience. It has come out in the well-known German academic publishing house Reichert Verlag, Wiesbaden.

 

We hope that we and our colleagues, many of them being being Tibetan and Han Chinese researchers, offer you a variety of interesting topics related to the livelihoods of pastoralists on the Tibetan plateau. Among the different contributions in the book, you find papers of three colleagues of our faculty, namely Prof. Luorongzhandui and the two editors as well (see below Contents).

 


 

Reference to this book is as follows:

 

Andreas Gruschke & Ingo Breuer (eds.). 2017. Tibetan Pastoralists and Development: Negotiating the Future of Grassland Livelihoods. Reichert:Wiesbaden.

 

Description

The Tibetan plateau constitutes the world’s vastest high-altitude rangeland. It has featured a unique pastoralist culture where, based on yak and sheep production, on complex exchange systems with agricultural areas and the lowlands, and in the context of ever-changing political conditions, pastoralists developed livelihood systems that helped them adapt not only to the harsh environmental conditions, but also to the ever-changing political and economic trends. The 20th century, most prominently the plateau’s ever closer integration into the Chinese state, has brought profound changes to pastoral Tibetans. It has opened the plateau to the influence of a wide array of policies directed at ‘developing’, modernizing, and recently urbanizing the Tibetan pastoral areas. It has also connected even the remotest community to the booming Chinese markets and - indirectly - the world market. Pastoral communities, thus, are being opened up to new economic opportunities, exposed to new risks and integrated into increasingly complex commodity chains. Local consequences of climate change, the demographic transition, new lifestyles and consumption patterns, and new forms of wealth/poverty and social polarization further complicate the picture. The present volume discusses the question of possible futures of Tibetan pastoralism. Taking a perspective informed by the ‘Sustainable Livelihood’ approach, it presents a selection of current perspectives on these recent transformations and on their specific impact on local pastoral livelihoods on the ground. Its fifteen chapters, written by Tibetan, Han Chinese and Western scholars from the social and environmental sciences, offer field-work based local case studies that illustrate the complex roles of the (Chinese) state, of (new) markets, and of rangeland resources in the making of both the present and the future of the plateau’s pastoral livelihoods.

 

For further reference, you may check the publisher's website http://reichert-verlag.de/en/series/ethnology_social_sciences_series/ethnologie_sozialwissenschaften_nomaden_und_sesshafte/9783954902422_tibetan_pastoralists_and_development-detail.

 

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