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Moving Mountains

Ethnicity and Livelihoods in Highland China, Vietnam, and Laos

Distributed for University of British Columbia Press

Moving Mountains

Ethnicity and Livelihoods in Highland China, Vietnam, and Laos

The mountainous borderlands of socialist China, Vietnam, and Laos are home to some seventy million minority people of diverse ethnicities. In Moving Mountains, anthropologists, geographers, and political economists with first-hand experience in the region explore these peoples’ survival strategies, as they respond to unprecedented economic and political change. Although highland peoples are typically represented as marginalized and powerless, this volume argues that ethnic minorities draw on culture and ethnicity to indigenize modernity and maintain their livelihoods. This unprecedented glimpse into a poorly understood region shows that development initiatives must be built on strong knowledge of local cultures in order to have lasting effect.

256 pages


Table of Contents

Illustrations

Foreword / Terry McGee

Acknowledgments

1 Rethinking the Relationships between Livelihoods and Ethnicity in Highland China, Vietnam, and Laos / Tim Forsyth and Jean Michaud

2 Economic Marginalization and Social Identity among the Drung People of Northwest Yunnan / Stéphane Gros

3 Integration of a Lineage Society on the Laos-Vietnam Border / Steeve Daviau

4 Oral Histories of Livelihoods and Migration under Socialism and Post-Socialism among the Khmu of Northern Laos / Olivier Évrard

5 Of Rice and Spice: Hmong Livelihood and Diversification in the Northern Vietnam Uplands / Claire Tugault-Lafleur and Sarah Turner

6 Hani Agency and Ways of Seeing Environmental Change on the China-Vietnam Border / John McKinnon

7 Land Reform and Changing Identities in Two Tai-Speaking Districts in Northern Vietnam / Marie Mellac

8 Commoditized Ethnicity for Tourism Development in Yunnan / Margaret Byrne Swain

9 Rubber Transformations: Post-Socialist Livelihoods and Identities for Akha and Tai Lue Farmers in Xishuangbanna, China / Janet C. Sturgeon

10 Conclusion: Lesson for the Future / Jean Michaud

Contributors

Index

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