The Disempowered Development of Tibet in China

The Disempowered Development of Tibet in China : A Study in the Economics of Marginalization

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This book explores the synergy between development and conflict in the Tibetan areas of Western China from the mid-1990s onward, when rapid economic growth occurred alongside a particularly assimilationist policy approach. Based on accessible economic analysis and extensive interdisciplinary fieldwork, it represents one of the only macro-level and systemic analyses of its kind in the scholarship on Tibet, and also holds much interest for those interested in China and in development and conflict more generally.
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  • Paperback | 462 pages
  • 149.86 x 226.06 x 33.02mm | 748.42g
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 16 Tables, unspecified; 1 Maps; 31 Illustrations, black and white
  • 0739134388
  • 9780739134382
  • 1,587,746

Table of contents

Preface Acknowledgments Chapter One: Introduction: The Disempowered Development of Tibet in China Chapter Two: Historical Legacies of the Modern Development of Tibet Chapter Three: Population Foundations of Marginalization in Tibet Chapter Four: Instituting Economic Growth and Marginalization in Tibet Chapter Five: The Great Transformation of Tibet? Rapid Labor Transitions, Polarization and the Emerging Fault Lines of Stratification in Urban Tibet Chapter Six: The Education-Employment Nexus of Exclusion in Tibet Chapter Seven: Subsistence Capacity and the Material Foundations of Resistance Chapter Eight: Boycotts and Religious Networks: counter-strategies of integration Chapter Nine: Conclusion: From Polarization to Protest in Contemporary Tibet
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Full of fascinating detail and innovative perspectives ... Fischer's [book] is a seminal contribution to the literature on Tibet's development...[This book is] essential reading for anyone interested in Tibet's current development. ASIEN:The German Journal on Contemporary Asia This fascinating and scholarly book is essential reading for those interested in the economic and political development of Tibet - on which so little is known. But it also has global relevance and deserves a much wider audience, showing how political disempowerment and cultural discrimination can lead to strong political grievances, even in the presence of rapid economic growth and rising incomes. -- Frances Stewart, Professor of Development Economics and Director of the Centre for Research on Inequality, Human Security and Ethnicity (CRISE), University of Oxford The Disempowered Development of Tibet in China is a comprehensive and powerful account of contemporary economic and social development in Tibet. The book provides a panoramic survey of China's economic and development polices on the Tibetan plateau using official statistics and fieldwork. The author convincingly argues that rapid economic growth has left the Tibetans marginalized and vulnerable. The book is scholarly, yet readable and it will be indispensable for students of development, activists concerned with neo-liberal globalization and those interested in comtemporary developments in Tibet. -- Tsering Shakya, the President of International Association for Tibetan Studies, University of British Columbia This is an excellent and important study that anyone interested in understanding modern Sino-Tibetan relations must read! -- Melvyn C. Goldstein, Case Western Reserve University
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About Andrew Fischer

Andrew Martin Fischer is associate professor at the Institute of Social Studies (ISS) in The Hague. He is also convenor of the MA major in Social Policy for Development at ISS, in which he leads teaching in poverty studies, population, inclusive growth, and development economics.
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