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The Resource Beyond great walls : environment, identity, and development on the Chinese grasslands of Inner Mongolia, Dee Mack Williams

Beyond great walls : environment, identity, and development on the Chinese grasslands of Inner Mongolia, Dee Mack Williams

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Beyond great walls : environment, identity, and development on the Chinese grasslands of Inner Mongolia
Title
Beyond great walls
Title remainder
environment, identity, and development on the Chinese grasslands of Inner Mongolia
Statement of responsibility
Dee Mack Williams
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"This is an ethnographic study of a community of Mongolian herders who have been under-going dramatic environmental and social transformations since 1980. It provides a rare window of observation into a fascinating and important, though remote and relatively understudied, region of modern China, and documents some of the unintended harmful consequences of decollectivization and economic development." "Initially, the book presents a case study of land degradation and shows how competing social and cultural forces at the local, national, and international level actively shape that process. More broadly, it focuses on local experiences of modernization and the ways that marginalized people creatively appropriate alien technologies to serve their own ethnic identity and cultural renewal." "The book aims to deepen our understanding of environmental change as a social process by exploring significant tensions between such symbolic dichotomies as Chinese/Mongol, farmer/herder, private/Western/Asian, and scientific/indigenous. It argues that the reconstruction of local landscape cannot be separated from the social context of economic insecurity and political fear, nor from the cultural context of group identity and environmental symbolism. Ideologically informed perceptions of the land prove to be highly relevant in both shaping and contesting international development agendas, national grassland policies, and the daily practices of local production." "In presenting the full range of material and symbolic stakes now in play on the Chinese grasslands, the book demonstrates that human-land interactions involve social dimensions on a global scale of widely underestimated complexity. Throughout, the author draws from his extensive fieldwork to enrich his study with poignant (and sometimes humorous) anecdotes and biographical sketches."--Jacket
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DLC
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Williams, Dee Mack
Dewey number
333.74/0951/77
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
LC call number
GF657.C6
LC item number
W55 2002
Literary form
non fiction
NAL call number
GF657.C6
NAL item number
W55 2002
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • Human ecology
  • Ethnicity
  • Grassland ecology
  • Pastoral systems
  • Land degradation
  • Environmental degradation
  • Inner Mongolia (China)
  • Inner Mongolia (China)
  • Etnicidad
  • Sistemas de pastoreo
  • Ecology
  • Environmental degradation
  • Ethnicity
  • Grassland ecology
  • Human ecology
  • Land degradation
  • Pastoral systems
  • Social history
Label
Beyond great walls : environment, identity, and development on the Chinese grasslands of Inner Mongolia, Dee Mack Williams
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [225]-246) and index
Contents
A land and people in the way -- Land degradation and the Chinese discourse -- The ambiguities of land degradation -- The land in cultural context -- The community: history, production, and residual fear -- Enclosure and changes in physical landscape -- Enclosure and changes in social landscape -- Landscape and identity -- Implications and conclusion
Control code
48038075
Dimensions
25 cm.
Extent
xii, 251 p.
Isbn
9780804742788
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
2001049812
Other physical details
ill., maps
System control number
(OCoLC)48038075
Label
Beyond great walls : environment, identity, and development on the Chinese grasslands of Inner Mongolia, Dee Mack Williams
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [225]-246) and index
Contents
A land and people in the way -- Land degradation and the Chinese discourse -- The ambiguities of land degradation -- The land in cultural context -- The community: history, production, and residual fear -- Enclosure and changes in physical landscape -- Enclosure and changes in social landscape -- Landscape and identity -- Implications and conclusion
Control code
48038075
Dimensions
25 cm.
Extent
xii, 251 p.
Isbn
9780804742788
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
2001049812
Other physical details
ill., maps
System control number
(OCoLC)48038075

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