Published in November 2013 by Cornell University Press, “Taming Tibet: Landscape Transformation and the Gift of Chinese Development” is a study by scholar Emily T. Yeh which examines how Chinese development projects in Tibet served to consolidate state space and power.
Yeh draws on sixteen months of ethnographic fieldwork between 2000 and 2009 with a focus on Lhasa. From the book’s description:
The master narrative of the PRC stresses generosity: the state and Han migrants selflessly provide development to the supposedly backward Tibetans, raising the living standards of the Han’s “little brothers.” Arguing that development is in this context a form of “indebtedness engineering,” Yeh depicts development as a hegemonic project that simultaneously recruits Tibetans to participate in their own marginalization while entrapping them in gratitude to the Chinese state. The resulting transformations of the material landscape advance the project of state territorialization. Exploring the complexity of the Tibetan response to–and negotiations with–development, Taming Tibet focuses on three key aspects of China’s modernization: agrarian change, Chinese migration, and urbanization. Yeh presents a wealth of ethnographic data and suggests fresh approaches that illuminate the Tibet Question.
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