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The Battle for Fortune – State-Led Development, Personhood, and Power among Tibetans in China - Cornell Scholarship Online
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The Battle for Fortune: State-Led Development, Personhood, and Power among Tibetans in China

Charlene Makley


Based on long-term fieldwork in a rural Tibetan region in China’s northwest (2002-13), The Battle for Fortune is an ethnography of state-local relations among Tibetans marginalized underChina’s Great Develop the West campaign and during the 2008 military crackdown on Tibetan unrest. The study brings anthropological approaches to states and development into dialogue with recent interdisciplinary debates about the very nature of human subjectivity and relations with nonhuman others (including deities). The author does this by drawing on a linguistic anthropological approach to contested presence ... More

Keywords: development, state violence, political economy, ethnicity, personhood, religion, Buddhism, urbanization, China, Tibet

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9781501719646
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: January 2019 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9781501719646.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Charlene Makley, author
Reed College