Translocal Practices on the Tibetan Plateau: Motorised Mobility of Pastoralists and Spatial Transformations

Iselin, Lilian (2014). Translocal Practices on the Tibetan Plateau: Motorised Mobility of Pastoralists and Spatial Transformations. Nomadic peoples, 18(1), pp. 15-37. Commission on Nomadic Peoples 10.3197/np.2014.180103

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Tibetan pastoralist communities in Amdo, the north-eastern region of the Tibetan plateau, have undergone tremendous change due to a number of state induced modernisation processes. Road infrastructure is but one development that aims to facilitate transition from subsistence to a market economy and to link remote pastoralist production into the global or regional market. This paper starts from the local perspective and examines how the expansion of road infrastructure and increased ownership of motorised vehicles has impacted on the mobility of pastoralists. It argues that motorisation and the increased availability of roads creates an interface for pastoralists through which they negotiate a newly emerging translocality. Roads are embedded into everyday movements and provide pastoralists with ways to integrate new developments into their lives.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

06 Faculty of Humanities > Other Institutions > Institute of Advanced Study in the Humanities and the Social Sciences (IASH) (discontinued)

UniBE Contributor:

Iselin, Lilian

Subjects:

000 Computer science, knowledge & systems
300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology

ISSN:

0822-7942

Publisher:

Commission on Nomadic Peoples

Language:

English

Submitter:

Lilian Iselin

Date Deposited:

05 Sep 2014 08:15

Last Modified:

05 Sep 2014 08:15

Publisher DOI:

10.3197/np.2014.180103

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/53949

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