Precious Steppe

Precious Steppe : Mongolian Nomadic Pastoralists in Pursuit of the Market

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Ole Bruun's work depicts the life of a community of Mongolian livestock herders as they begin to adjust to life outside of their contained Soviet-style collectives. The author identifies and addresses the most essential conditions for their continued existence in the age of the market: the adaptability of their own culture and working strategies, government policy, and international attention.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 262 pages
  • 152 x 226 x 20mm | 399.16g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0739128078
  • 9780739128077

About Ole Bruun

Ole Bruun is associate professor in the Department of Geography and International Development Studies at the University of Roskilde in Denmark.
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Table of contents

Chapter 1 Khotont sum in Recent Mongolian History 2 Khotont People and Their Herds 3 Cycles of Movement and Work 4 Social Organization and Family Life 5 The Politics of Buddhist Revival 6 Time and Tradition on the Steppe 7 Nomads in the City 8 Development Options 9 Herders, State Formation and the Chinese Connection
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Ole Bruun's book is an absorbing collection of descriptions, insights, and observations that together provide a valuable picture of life on the Mongolian steppe...Both a general introduction to the national culture and a series of insights into particular aspects of steppe life. But the main focus of the book, and the field in which it is most informative and useful, is as a study of the socio-economic transformation of the pastoral lifestyle. Pacific Affairs
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