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Book cover of Beyond Great Walls: Environment, Identity, and Development on the Chinese Grasslands of Inner Mongolia

Beyond Great Walls: Environment, Identity, and Development on the Chinese Grasslands of Inner Mongolia

by Dee Mack Williams

Publisher: Stanford University Press
Pages: 251
Hardcover
ISBN: 9780804742788






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Overview of Beyond Great Walls: Environment, Identity, and Development on the Chinese Grasslands of Inner Mongolia

“This important contribution to ethnographic literature and Chinese studies features an original and powerful analytical muscle and a compelling theoretical argument. It is a fine book that will serve as a new benchmark for future grasslands studies in China and around the world.”—William Jankowiak, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
“This pathbreking book will provide background to, promote understanding of, and direct debate on one of the most important environmental problems in China.”—Uradyn Bulag, Hunter College, CUNY

Synopsis of Beyond Great Walls: Environment, Identity, and Development on the Chinese Grasslands of Inner Mongolia

This is an ethnographic study of a community of Mongolian herders who have been undergoing dramatic environmental and social transformations since 1980. It provides a rare window of observation into a fascinating and important, though remote and relatively understudied, region of modern China and documents some of the unintended harmful consequences of decollectivization and economic development.

About the Author, Dee Mack Williams

Dee Mack Williams is a Faculty Associate in the Department of Anthropology at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

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"This important contribution to ethnographic literature and Chinese studies features an original and powerful analytical muscle and a compelling theoretical argument. It is a fine book that will serve as a new benchmark for future grasslands studies in China and around the world."—William Jankowiak, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

"This pathbreking book will provide background to, promote understanding of, and direct debate on one of the most important environmental problems in China."—Uradyn Bulag, Hunter College, CUNY

"This book exhibits new depth in understanding marginalized peoples on the finges of modern society."—Choice

"As the subtitle implies, this book addresses a number of complex issues. In fact it delivers even more than promised. It is, in my opinion, a remarkable tour de force that will be referred to for years to come, and not just by China specialists. This is not to underrate its importance to Chinese studies, which is very significant indeed. . . . a delight to read . . . This book is highly relevant to any discussion of international development agendas, conservation policies, and land tenure reform. The methodological significance of his book is also great. I would urge any researcher planning development-related fieldwork to read it."—Human Ecology

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