Changing livelihood and economy of Tibetan herders

Baima Cuo

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Abstract

"The thesis is a case study of the changing Tibetan herders' (Dropka) community of Da. The village community is adjacent to the town of Nagchu, the largest town at a high altitude (4,500m) on the Tibetan Plateau. The town is within the main rail and road transport network and is an administrative centre. As a consequence of its location, Nagchu is growing as an economic centre. The herding community of Da has significantly increased its involvement with, and dependence on, this centre of economic and administrative activity. As a consequence of its proximity to Nagchu, the thesis argues that the transformation from a subsistence-orientated economy to a wider market-driven economy has had a major influence on change for the Dropka of Da. The study provides an analysis of the interface of an indigenous peoples who survive in a very challenging environment, but who are now increasingly engaged with an outside and potentially alien world. The key questions are; can such a community survive and, if so, how? The thesis investigates the major factors that have influenced lifestyles and livelihoods of Da in recent times, following a brief introduction in terms of the history of the Dropka. The impact of this transformation is most evident in land access, stock holdings, land scarcity, increased opportunities for earning off-farm incomes and population outflow from the village. The objectives of this social anthropological study mainly focused on the period from1960-2010, investigating the impact of social transformation on household structures and economics, particularly the effect of major changes in state administrative and economic policy that have affected recent transformations."--Abstract, p. iii.
Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
Awarding Institution
  • Charles Sturt University
Supervisors/Advisors
  • Kemp, David, Principal Supervisor
  • Tapp, Nicholas , Co-Supervisor, External person
Award date01 Feb 2011
Place of PublicationAustralia
Publisher
Publication statusPublished - 2011

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