Commodification in an Ersu Tibetan village of Sichuan, China Public Deposited

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  • This ethnographic research aims to discover the implications of the commodification of production processes amongst the Ersu Tibetans of Sichuan, China. This thesis examines the commodification of Ersu agriculture and ethnic identity in the historical context of both China and the world-system. Ethnohistorical and ethnoecological methodologies are utilized to answer how through history the Ersu arrived at a commodified mode of production, what has been commodified and why, and how are villagers adapting to commodification. After providing a detailed analysis of historical changes in Ersu agroecology and identity, two forms of production that are becoming commodified are closely examined: agriculture and tourism. The socio-economic, socio-cultural and socio-ecological adaptations that take place due to the commodification of agriculture and tourism are then highlighted in the thesis. Finally the commodified forms of Ersu agricultural and tourism production are analyzed from the perspective of local resiliency and the thesis is concluded by cautiously recommending applications for improving the resiliency of local production.
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