Changing Livelihood and Transformation of Identity——A case study from Lha-ri Dzong of Nagchu in Tibet
Pema Tso;Institute of Nationality Studies, Tibet Academy of Social Science;
Based on a case study of the herdsmen in lha-ri Dzong, Nagqu in Tibet, this article discusses thetransformation of group identity in terms of changing livelihood and interactions by applying the theory of FredrikBarth, an anthropologist. It is pointed out that herdsmen have been undertaking specific forms of animal produc-tion at various times and have had economic interaction with their boundary groups, which brought about thetransformation of herdsmen's identity. Taking the herdsmen in lha-ri Dzong as an example, animal productionno longer their main means of livelihood, but a subsidiary one. The herdsmen there have become a group, whosepurchasing power of money is over the ordinary rural herdsmen because of caterpillar fungus collection.