Geographical Diversions: Tibetan Trade, Global Transactions

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Working at the intersections of cultural anthropology, human geography, and material culture, Tina Harris explores the social and economic transformations taking place along one trade route that winds its way across China, Nepal, Tibet, and India.

How might we make connections between seemingly mundane daily life and more abstract levels of global change? Geographical Diversions focuses on two generations of traders who exchange goods such as sheep wool, pang gdan aprons, and ...

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Overview


Working at the intersections of cultural anthropology, human geography, and material culture, Tina Harris explores the social and economic transformations taking place along one trade route that winds its way across China, Nepal, Tibet, and India.

How might we make connections between seemingly mundane daily life and more abstract levels of global change? Geographical Diversions focuses on two generations of traders who exchange goods such as sheep wool, pang gdan aprons, and more recently, household appliances. Exploring how traders "make places," Harris examines the creation of geographies of trade that work against state ideas of what trade routes should look like. She argues that the tensions between the apparent fixity of national boundaries and the mobility of local individuals around such restrictions are precisely how routes and histories of trade are produced.

The economic rise of China and India has received attention from the international media, but the effects of major new infrastructure at the intersecting borderlands of these nationstates—in places like Tibet, northern India, and Nepal—have rarely been covered. Geographical Diversions challenges globalization theories based on bounded conceptions of nation-states and offers a smaller-scale perspective that differs from many theories of macroscale economic change.

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"Geographical Diversions uses history and ethnography of trans-Himalayan trade to contribute fresh conceptualizations of the relationship between neoliberal globalization and state power, borders, and mobility. The book is based on innovative, multi-sited ethnography across three countries, and it is exciting to see how Harris has used ethnographic material from this region to speak to much broader questions in economic and political geography. The book also provides an excellent demonstration that globalization and 'free trade' provide new opportunities for regulation and the reassertion of state power."—Emily T. Yeh, associate professor of geography, University of Colorado, Boulder

"Tina Harris’s study of multiethnic, multinational traders who cross the borders of Tibet offers a rare glimpse of how capital operates far from the national centers and global cities we know best. Traders are quick to take advantage of changing opportunities, switching their products, their illicit strategies, their border-crossing areas, and even their national ID cards to make trade work. Here is a little-known world beyond national economies."—Anna Lowenhaupt Tsing, author of Friction: An Ethnography of Global Connection

“[Geographical Diversions] is refreshingly different than others on international trade and even bilateral trade. . . . Read this book to gain a new perspective on trade and trade routes in the Himalayan region.”—Sonu Chandiram, BizIndia

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Meet the Author


Tina Harris is an assistant professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at the University of Amsterdam.
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Table of Contents


List of Figures ix

Acknowledgments xi

A Note on Transliteration xv

Introduction
Tibet, Trade, and Territory 1

Chapter One
Middlemen, Marketplaces, and Maps 27

Chapter Two
From Loom to Machine 52

Chapter Three
Silk Roads and Wool Routes 84

Chapter Four
Reopenings and Restrictions 100

Chapter Five
New Economic Geographies 122

Chapter Six
Mobility and Fixity 141

A Further Note on Research Methods 153

Notes 157
References 163
Index 177

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