Sovereignty, ethnicity, and culture: The Tibetan issue in an institutionalist perspective
Hao, Zhidong
Source PublicationJournal of Contemporary China
AbstractThe central government's pouring of money into the Tibetan Autonomous Region (TAR) or other Tibetan autonomous areas is apparently not really easing the tension in these regions. In response to Western criticism of the Chinese government policy in Tibet, President Hu Jintao says that the Tibetan problem is not about ethnicity, religion, or human rights, but about national unity or integrity. In fact, the Tibetan problem is about all of these things, and they are intertwined with one another. This paper attempts to understand each of them from an institutionalist perspective and to see in what way such an understanding of the problems may help solve them. Specifically, I first explain new institutionalism. Then I analyze the following problems from mainly a sociological new institutionalist perspective: (1) sovereignty and autonomy; (2) ethnicity and human rights; and (3) culture and religion. Finally I look at the possibility of social change under the institutionalist constraints. It is true that much research has been done on the Tibetan issue and the solution of it, but rarely do we see an institutionalist analysis. I hope that such an analysis will shed light on the understanding of the problem and help avoid the scene we see in the quote at the start of this paper. © 2012 Taylor & Francis.
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AffiliationUniversity of Macau, China
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Hao, Zhidong. Sovereignty, ethnicity, and culture: The Tibetan issue in an institutionalist perspective[J]. Journal of Contemporary China,2012,21(73):131-147.
APA Hao, Zhidong.(2012).Sovereignty, ethnicity, and culture: The Tibetan issue in an institutionalist perspective.Journal of Contemporary China,21(73),131-147.
MLA Hao, Zhidong."Sovereignty, ethnicity, and culture: The Tibetan issue in an institutionalist perspective".Journal of Contemporary China 21.73(2012):131-147.
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