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Why is there no subaltern studies for Tibet?
Tibet Journal (2003)
  • Peter H. Hansen, Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Abstract
The absence of subaltern studies in Tibetan studies is rooted in a belief in what might be called "Tibetan exceptionalism." This essay attempts to account for the absence of subaltern studies in Tibet, and to explore the assumptions of "Tibetan exceptionalism," in two parts. The first briefly summarizes the development of subaltern studies in India and considers factors that may explain why subaltern studies have not been as influential for Tibet. The second part considers, as a brief case study, how subaltern studies might illuminate a decisive event in Tibetan history, the Lhasa uprising of 1959. Subaltern studies encourages scholars to take seriously the alternative histories, paths not taken, and the small voices of Tibet. 
Publication Date
2003
Citation Information
Peter H. Hansen. "Why is there no subaltern studies for Tibet?" Tibet Journal Vol. 28 Iss. 4 (2003)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/peter_hansen/17/