State Growth and Social Exclusion in Tibet

Challenges of Recent Economic Growth

by Andrew Martin Fischer

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  • Pages: 213 pp.
  • illustrations, charts & maps
  • Series number: 47
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This ground-breaking work places Tibetan development issues within their larger macro-economic, structural and regional contexts. Required reading for scholars, NGO workers and others wishing to understand the big picture of economic transformations gripping the Tibetan areas of China over the last decade.

• Ground breaking work on the Tibetan economy.


• Places development issues within their larger macroeconomic, structural, and regional contexts.


• Required reading for scholars, NGO workers and others wishing to understand the big picture of economic transformations gripping the Tibetan areas of China over the last decade.


The most pressing economic challenges facing the Tibetan areas of western China relate to the marginalization of the majority of Tibetans from rapid state-led growth. The urban-rural divide plays an impor-tant role in this polarized dynamic but alone only partially explains differences with other Chinese regions, all of which generally exhibit strong spatial inequalities.

This book therefore focuses on several further factors that determine the ethnically exclusionary character of current peripheral growth in the Tibetan areas. These include processes of urbanization, immigration, employment and education as key factors underlying structural economic change. The study draws generally from the analytical framework of social exclusion and is based on extensive use of official Chinese statistics, focusing on the Tibet Autonomous Region and Qinghai but with numerous comparisons to the other provinces of western China. A variety of qualitative insights are also taken from recent fieldwork and second-ary sources. The macro focus of this investigation aims to complement the growing wealth of micro-level studies on Tibet produced from a variety of disciplines.

by Gray Tuttle, Assistant Professor of Modern Tibetan Studies at Columbia University
From journal:
China Review International: Vol. 13, No. 2, Fall 2006

"Fischer’s examination of the primary sector of agriculture is invaluable."

"Fischer’s examination of the primary sector of agriculture is invaluable."

by Emily T. Yeh
From journal:
University of Colorado in Journal of Asian Studies Vol.65, Issue 02

“[…] the book has more than fulfilled its aim of showing the flaws of China’s development model in Tibet using official Chinese statistics.”

“[…] the book has more than fulfilled its aim of showing the flaws of China’s development model in Tibet using official Chinese statistics.”

by Ronald Schwartz
From journal:
The China Quarterly

“This book will interest not only China and Tibet specialists, but also development ecomomists and other working in international development.”

“This book will interest not only China and Tibet specialists, but also development ecomomists and other working in international development.”

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