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Providing Access to Water: The pump, the spring and the klu

Brokerage and local development on the Tibetan Plateau
Xénia de Heering
Translated by Elizabeth Guill
p. 61-71


This article examines the relationships between administrators and the administered within the framework of local development brokerage practices directed at setting up running water systems for domestic consumption in Tibetan rural areas of Qinghai Province. Split between several locations, the activities of the brokers entail finding agreements and compromises in various forms with a variety of interlocutors: local government, the recipients of the project – and also the deities.

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Electronic reference

Xénia de Heering, « Providing Access to Water: The pump, the spring and the klu », China Perspectives [Online], 2013/1 | 2013, Online since 01 March 2016, connection on 27 May 2017. URL :

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About the author

Xénia de Heering

Xénia de Heering is a PhD candidate in sociology at the EHESS-CECMC (School for Advanced Studies in Social Sciences - Research Center on Modern and Contemporary China) and at INALCO (National Institute for Oriental Languages and Civilisations).

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