Demystifying the Promise of Sustainability through the China-Pakistan Donkey Trade

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    Abstract

    Recent scholarly studies supporting China’s Belt and Road Initiative, which spans more than 100 countries, argue that it will bring sustainability through the rapid completion of infrastructural projects. Through a careful examination of the lifeworlds of poor donkey keepers in Pakistan, I argue in this chapter that sustainability should be measured by the wellbeing of both humans and more-than-humans, and by preserving the knotted relationship between humans and donkeys that remains critical for these communities. By analyzing donkey trade and slaughter in development of a traditional Chinese medicine, ejioa, I examine the disappearance of donkeys from the local ecology and provide an analytical reflection on the current sustainability framework.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationNurturing Alternative Futures: Living with Diversity in a More-than-Human World
    Editors Muhammad A. Kavesh, Natasha Fijn
    Place of PublicationOxon
    PublisherRoutledge
    Pages33-50
    Edition1
    ISBN (Print)9781032563268
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2023

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