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Title: Nomads in Eastern Tibet: Social Organization and Economy of a Pastoral Estate in the Kingdom of Dege
Author: Thargyal, Rinzin Toni Huber (ed)
Publisher: Brill; Publication Date: 2007
Hardcover; ISBN: 9789004158139
Volumes: 1; Pages: xii, 228
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This book presents the first comprehensive anthropological account of premodern Tibetan pastoral economy and social organization in the Kham region of eastern Tibet. It offers a uniquely fine-grained descriptive portrait of traditional Tibetan rural life among nomads in the kingdom of Dege. Based upon extensive ethnographic interviews, this study yields a nuanced analysis of the most crucial and controversial relationship in pre-modern Tibetan societies, that ensuing between local lords and their dependents. It convincingly readdresses anthropological debates and political claims about feudalism or serfdom in Tibetan societies from a perspective that is more sensitive to specific historical, social, and economic contexts on the Tibetan plateau.