Commoners and Nobles

Hereditary Divisions in Tibet

by Heidi Fjeld

188 pp., illustrated
NIAS Monographs # 96
Available from NIAS Press worldwide

Hardback - 2005, Available
ISBN 978 87 91114 17 5, £40.00

Written by one of the few scholars who has been able to conduct long-term fieldwork in the TAR, this study explores how Tibetans manoeuvre within two contradictory value systems - those of old Tibet and the new PRC - balancing between ideals and pragmatism.

More specifically, it asks how and why it is that the social categories of pre-communist Lhasa persist and are made relevant in daily life despite decades of Chinese rule and the comprehensive restructuring of Tibetan society. More specifically, particular attention is given to the former nobility of Lhasa and their ascribed role as custodians of Tibetan culture.

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