Change and Continuity in a Nomadic Pastoralism Community in the Tibet Autonomous Region, 1959–2009

  • Melvyn C. GoldsteinEmail author
Part of the Advances in Asian Human-Environmental Research book series (AAHER)


This chapter examines the process of change and adaptation that a group of Tibetan nomadic pastoralists have experienced from the traditional (pre-socialist) period to the present. The data are based on anthropological fieldwork over a 25-year period conducted in Phala, a nomadic community located about 500 km west of Lhasa in the Tibet Autonomous Region.


Nomads Pastures Change Stocking rates Privatization Fencing 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Anthropology, Center for Research on TibetCase Western Reserve UniversityClevelandUSA

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