This reseach deals with the economic and social transformations of nomadic life in Tibet resulting from recent Chinese policy of modernization. Chinese development strategies enforced modern methods of pasture management. Extended development projects are to modernize the economic situation of nomadic people substantially. This work depicts, whether the underlying presumptions of those projects are able to meet both, the expectations of Chinese development planning and the nomadic population of Tibet. Moreover it describes nomadic practices as traditional form of the regional economy. The structural change since the turnover of political circumstances at about the beginning of the 80s had far reaching social consequences. Religious foundations, tourism and the local distribution of power in governmental modernization are affecting the current construction of economical substructures in Tibet.
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