Andrew Martin Fischer
Copenhagen: Nordic Institute of Asian Studies Press (19 May 2005)
'International discussions of Tibet have tended to focus on questions of culture and human rights, but the factors most affecting Tibetans' lives today are those caused by changes in their economic and social conditions. Until now there has been almost nothing written in this field accessible to a general audience. Andrew Fischer's concise, focused and scholarly assessment of current social conditions in the Tibetan areas of China is essential reading for those studying development and nationality issues in China, and it will also be valuable to much wider discussions of development.
'Based on a close analysis of Chinese government statistics, Fischer offers innumerable insights into the difficulties and complexities of China's economic strategies in Tibetan areas, and makes an important argument for a change to a locally-oriented approach.
'This is the first major work in a Western language on Tibetan economy and development since Wang and Bai's landmark study nearly 20 years ago. By demonstrating the potential of analysing official data, it opens a new approach for the study of areas where access is often limited or research has been rare or ultra-specialised. It is a book that is likely to receive careful attention in Beijing and Lhasa, and which offers solutions as well as exposing faults.'
Dr Robert Barnett, director, Modern Tibetan Studies Program, Columbia University
Andrew Fischer is a research student at LSE's Development Studies Institute