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Taming Tibet: Landscape Transformation and the Gift of Chinese Development

Emily T. Yeh
Format
Book
Published
Ithaca, New York : Cornell University Press, 2013.
Language
English
Series
Studies of the Weatherhead East Asian Institute, Columbia University
ISBN
9780801451553, 0801451558, 9780801478321, 0801478324
Summary
"The violent protests in Lhasa in 2008 against Chinese rule were met by disbelief and anger on the part of Chinese citizens and state authorities, perplexed by Tibetans' apparent ingratitude for the generous provision of development. In Taming Tibet, Emily T. Yeh examines how Chinese development projects in Tibet served to consolidate state space and power. The master narrative of the PRC stresses generosity: the state and Han migrants selflessly provide development to the supposedly backward Tibetans, raising the living standards of the Han's "little brothers." Arguing that development is in this context a form of "indebtedness engineering, " Yeh depicts development as a hegemonic project that simultaneously recruits Tibetans to participate in their own marginalization while entrapping them in gratitude to the Chinese state. The resulting transformations of the material landscape advance the project of state territorialization. Exploring the complexity of the Tibetan response to--and negotiations with--development, Taming Tibet focuses on three key aspects of China's modernization: agrarian change, Chinese migration, and urbanization"--
Contents
  • 1. State Space: Power, Fear, and the State of Exception
  • Hearing and Forgetting
  • Part I. Soil : The Aftermath of 2008 (I)
  • 2. Cultivating Control: Nature, Gender, and Memories of Labor in State Incorporation
  • Part II. Plastic : Lhasa Humor
  • 3. Vectors of Development: Migrants and the Making of "Little Sichuan"
  • Signs of Lhasa
  • 4. The Micropolitics of Marginalization
  • Science and Technology Transfer Day
  • 5. Indolence and the Cultural Politics of Development
  • Part III. Concrete : Michael Jackson as Lhasa
  • 6. "Build a Civilized City": Making Lhasa Urban
  • The Aftermath of 2008 (II)
  • 7. Engineering Indebtedness and Image: Comfortable Housing and the New Socialist Countryside.
Description
xvi, 324 pages : illustrations, map, portraits ; 24 cm
Notes
Includes bibliographical references (pages 295-311) and index.
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