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Working at the intersections of cultural anthropology, human geography, and material culture, Tina Harris explores the social and economic transformations taking place along one trade route that winds its way across China, Nepal, Tibet, and India.

How might we make connections between seemingly mundane daily life and more abstract levels of global change? Geographical Diversions focuses on two generations of traders who exchange goods such as sheep wool, pang gdan aprons, and more recently, household appliances. Exploring how traders "make places," Harris examines the creation of geographies of trade that work against state ideas of what trade routes should look like. She argues that the tensions between the apparent fixity of national boundaries and the mobility of local individuals around such restrictions are precisely how routes and histories of trade are produced.

The economic rise of China and India has received attention from the international media, but the effects of major new infrastructure at the intersecting borderlands of these nationstates—in places like Tibet, northern India, and Nepal—have rarely been covered. Geographical Diversions challenges globalization theories based on bounded conceptions of nation-states and offers a smaller-scale perspective that differs from many theories of macroscale economic change.

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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Harris, Tina
University of Georgia Press
Human Geography
Sociology - General
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Trade Paper
Geographies of Justice and Social Transformation
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17 bandw photos, 1 table, 5 maps
9 x 6 in

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History and Social Science » Anthropology » Cultural Anthropology
History and Social Science » Politics » General
History and Social Science » Sociology » General

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