Geographical Diversions: Tibetan Trade, Global Transactions

Geographical Diversions: Tibetan Trade, Global Transactions


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780820345123
Publisher: University of Georgia Press
Publication date: 04/01/2013
Series: Geographies of Justice and Social Transformation Series , #18
Pages: 208
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

TINA HARRIS is an assistant professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at the University of Amsterdam.

Table of Contents

List of Figures ix

Acknowledgments xi

A Note on Transliteration xv

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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"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

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