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Traditionalization as a response to state-induced development in rural Tibetan areas of Qinghai, PRC

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    0508506 - OÚ 2020 RIV GB eng J - Journal Article
    Ptáčková, Jarmila
    Traditionalization as a response to state-induced development in rural Tibetan areas of Qinghai, PRC.
    Central Asian Survey. Roč. 38, č. 3 (2019), s. 417-431. ISSN 0263-4937. E-ISSN 1465-3354
    Grant - others: AV ČR(CZ) LQ300211901
    Program: Prémie Lumina quaeruntur
    Institutional support: RVO:68378009
    Keywords : cultural security * Modernization * Qinghai * rural Tibetan areas * state-induced development * traditionalization
    OECD category: Sociology
    Impact factor: 0.648, year: 2019
    Method of publishing: Limited access
    https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/02634937.2019.1635990

    The current state-induced and top-down-implemented development and modernization of the predominantly rural areas of western China can be perceived as a clear demonstration of Chinese power in Tibetan areas, resulting in the repression of expressions of minority culture. This article argues that the local population’s various practices of traditionalization, as demonstrated through an emphasis on the maintenance or (re)invention of representative cultural forms can be understood as efforts to counteract the socio-economic and cultural assimilation measures or even as a form of political resistance. At the same time, in the context of the economic opportunities brought on by the rapid development, in tourism for example, traditionalization has become an important economic asset for both the state and local Tibetans. These (revived) traditions could enhance cultural awareness among visitors to minority areas and strengthen local people’s sense of cultural security and their self-understanding as Tibetans.
    Permanent Link: http://hdl.handle.net/11104/0301837

     
     
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