Rinzin Thargyal, M.A. (1985) in Social Anthropology, University of Oslo, works for the Network for University Co-operation Tibet-Norway and teaches Tibetan language. He has authored various articles on the premodern Tibetan social system, Tibetan nationalism and identity.
Toni Huber, Ph.D. (1993), is Professor of Tibetan Studies at the Humboldt University, Berlin. His extensive publications on the anthropology and cultural history of Tibetan societies include The Cult of Pure Crystal Mountain (Oxford, 1999) and The Holy Land Reborn (Chicago, 2007).
All those interested in studies of pastoralism and nomadism, the social anthropology and history of Tibetan societies, as well as local economic and political history of Asia, and Asian Studies in general.
"In summary, this book provides a fascinating glimpse of social and economic life in a pastoral society during the early part of the twentieth century. Rinzin Thargyal deserves credit for producing this rich, insightful, clearly written monograph. This book is an admirable accomplishment considering the painstaking task of describing a past way of life through the recollections of people who were spatially and temporally removed from their former homeland."
Geoff Childs (Washington University in St. Louis), JAS 68 (2009).
Table of contents
Author’s Preface, Editor’s Preface, List of Illustrations
TONI HUBER—The Anthropology of Tibet and the First Tibetan Anthropologies
RINZIN THARGYAL—Nomads of Eastern Tibet:
Social Organization and Economy of a Pastoral
Estate in the Kingdom of Dege
Chapter Two—The Genesis of Zilphukhog
Chapter Three—Labour Service
Chapter Four—Animal Husbandry
Chapter Five—Trade and Peripheral Incomes
Chapter Six—Strategic Transhumance
Chapter Seven—Household Organization
Chapter Eight—Marriage and Kinship
Chapter Nine—Birth and Death
Chapter Ten—The Political Environment
Chapter Eleven—Social Organization