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Title: Economic, social and cultural factors underlying the contemporary revival of the Chesuo ritual in a Jiarong-Tibetan village
Author: Qin, Wei
ISNI:       0000 0004 6351 9192
Awarding Body: University of Sheffield
Current Institution: University of Sheffield
Date of Award: 2017
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This thesis is a social anthropological study that interprets the economic, social and cultural factors underlying the contemporary revitalisation of a collective ritual in a clan village of Jiarong (rGyalrong) Tibetans in the Ganzi Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture. It is based on two periods of fieldwork. The first period, between 2006 and 2009, occurred when I was conducting educational projects in this region with a team from the Multicultural Research Centre of Sichuan Province. The second period consisted of eleven months of ethnographic fieldwork in the same region between 2011 and 2012. A central question of this study is what factors motivated the Jiarong Tibetans to revive their traditions. Chapter 3 explains that the revitalisation, which occurred in 2006, was triggered by an economic factor; traditional skills became valuable to local Jiarong people in reducing their relative poverty, which was caused by their marginalised position in local tourism development. Chapter 4 seeks interpretations of the structural development of the ritual between 2007 and 2012. It shows that this development was motivated by a rising demand to maintain village-based kinship networks, which has been vital in sustaining the survival of the local community since 2008. Chapter 5 explains the changes in the symbolic content of the ritual between 2007 and 2012 from a cultural perspective. A decline of Jiarong culture and identity was found to be the preeminent cultural factor that sustained the revitalisation and guided the changes. This thesis concludes with the argument that this revitalisation, initiated by the Jiarong people in the Sino-Tibetan borderland, was a local response to the fast decline of rural Jiarong society in terms of social organisation and culture since the 2000s.
Supervisor: Zhao, Lucy Xia ; Zhang, Mei Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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