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Production and Society in Hulunbuir

Sat, June 25, 1:00 to 2:50pm, Shikokan (SK), Floor: 1F, 110

Session Submission Type: Organized Panel Proposal Application


This panel will examine the social transformation of production in Hulunbuir (呼倫貝爾). Located at the far north of Inner Mongolia, the region of Hulunbuir contains within it a wide diversity of topography and productive activity, with distinct regions of grassland, farmland and forest, as well as mining and tourism. It also contains significant ethnic diversity: along with Han Chinese, there are also Mongol and Daur autonomous regions in the south, as well as Oroqen, Evenki and Russian areas in the north. Rights of land use, marketing networks and traditions of productive specialization, all remain deeply intertwined with ethnicity.
In the background of this panel are the vast economic and political transformations of the past century: the introduction of new transportation and trade networks, forced expropriation and commercial opportunity, but is fundamentally a social story. Each of the four presenters introduces a different facet of productive activities and relationships, and each approaches from the perspective of a different scholarly discipline. Yet they all return to the same two questions: how did productive changes transform social ties and identities, and how did social ties shape productive practices? Together, they show the many ways that social factors influence, sometimes overwhelmingly, productive decisions, as well as how productive changes over the course of a century have affected relations of trust, sentiment, community or identity.

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