1st Edition

Tibetan Border Worlds 9781138985698

By Wim Van Spengen Copyright 1999
    320 Pages
    by Routledge

    318 Pages
    by Routledge

    The focus of the study is the Tibetan and Tibetanized border populations in the little known Himalayan high-valley of Nyishang in West Central Nepal close to the Tibetan border. There, a group of traders have greatly extended their external relations over the past century in the form of long-distance trade ventures, thereby thoroughly changing the internal conditions of socio-economic organizations in their home district. The object of the study is to establish whether larger geohistorical processes of structural change may be conceptualized in such a way as to link structuration at the level of the localized social group to the dynamics of the wider regional setting.

    Contents: 1. Structural imagination in regional geography. 2. A short geopolitical history of Tibet. 3. The regionality of Tibet. 4. The geohistory of Tibetan trade. 5. The Nyishangba of Manang. 6. The emergence of long-distance trade ventures. 7. Post-1962 developments. 8. Structured flux and hidden vistas. Appendix I: Authors, texts and audiences. Appendix II: Fieldwork and its burning questions. Appendix III: Customs exemption for traders of Manang. Glossary. References. Index.


    Wim van Spengen holds a BA and MA in Human Geography from the Free University, Amsterdam, and a PhD in Human Geography from the University of Amsterdam. His main research interests are the political and social geography of Inner Asia, particularly Tibet and the Himalayas. He is currently a member of staff at the Social-Geographical Institute, University of Amsterdam.