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Re-examining human-nonhuman relations among nomads of Eastern Tibet

By Vic Geelong

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In this paper, I explore how human-nonhuman relations among nomads of Eastern Tibet may be understood within the framework of a four-fold ontological system proposed by anthropologist, Philippe Descola. In what follows, I provide an account of Descola’s theoretical system, present ethnographic data on human-nonhuman relations from fieldwork with two nomadic communities in Eastern Tibet, and analyze these in light of Descola’s system. I argue that deep ethnographic engagement with and analysis of humannonhuman relations not only furthers our understanding of specific communities but also informs the politics around policies concerned with ‘the environment’.

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Marcy Wilhelm-South

Purdue University

Date November 2012
Series Title Alfred Deakin Research Institute working paper series two
Issue 38
Pages 18
ISBN/ISSN 1837-7440
Publisher Deakin University : Alfred Deakin Research Institute
URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30049195
Language English
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  1. Animal roles
  2. Human-animal interactions
  3. open access
  4. Tibet
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