Commoners and Nobles: Hereditary Divisions in Tibet
This study explores how Tibetans manoeuvre within two contradictory value systems - those of old Tibet and the new People's Republic of China - balancing between ideals and pragmatism. More specifically, it asks how it is that the social categories of pre-communist Lhasa persist and are relevant in daily life despite decades of Chinese rule and the comprehensive restructuring of Tibetan society.
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Overview of Lhasa the city in Lhasa valley
Expressions of Rank in Daily Life
Keepers of Cultural Knowledge
the traditional noble houses
The Value of Inherited Knowledge
Prayer flags on the mountain
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