Cover

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Title Page, About the Series, Copyright, Quote

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Contents

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pp. vii-viii

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Acknowledgments

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pp. ix-xii

It would not have been possible without the generous support received from the University of Bristol Postgraduate Scholarship, Overseas Research Scholarship Award Scheme, Economic and Social Research Council Postdoctoral Fellowship Programme, British International Studies Research Award; ...

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Introduction

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pp. xiii-xx

Though critical international theories have questioned mainstream International Relations (IR) on epistemological, ontological, and methodological grounds, they remain largely focused on the “West.” I contend that the parochial character of IR can be effectively challenged by a postcolonial IR based on conversations between critical international theories and postcolonialism. ...

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1. Postcoloniality, Representation, and World Politics

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pp. 1-16

Non - Western peoples, and sometimes even states, have been ridden roughshod over both literally and figuratively in IR. One such people are the Tibetans. It is surprising that even as several critical theories have challenged the dominant IR paradigms on ontological, epistemological, and methodological grounds in the last two decades, ...

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2. Imagining the Other

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pp. 17-36

Within the context of European imperialism, the issue of the representation of natives was often considered as belonging to the realm of scientific objective ethnography, journalistic commentaries, or fiction (Spurr 1993). A clear boundary was said to exist between fiction and nonfiction writing. ...

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3. Poetics of Exotica Tibet

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pp. 37-64

The poetics of Exotica Tibet requires a critical postcolonial analysis of Western representations of Tibet, and this can be performed effectively by focusing on a few cultural sites commonly associated with Tibet and Tibetans. This is a (partial) story of Western interactions with Tibet during various historical periods — ...

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4. The West and the Identity of “Tibet”

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pp. 65-86

Tibet as it emerged in the modern world as a geopolitical entity has been scripted in a tale combining imperialism, Orientalism, and nationalism. This chapter foregrounds the role of Western representations in the framing of the “identity of Tibet,” that is, Tibet as a geopolitical entity. ...

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5. The Politics of Tibetan (Trans) National Identity

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pp. 87-108

Until the last decades of the twentieth century, the preoccupation with religion and history contributed to a relative neglect of the issues of contemporary Tibetan identity within social and political studies (see Shakya 1996). The signifier “Tibetan” is usually seen in terms of an ontological essentialism.1 ...

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6. Postcoloniality and Reimag(in)ing Tibetanness

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pp. 109-128

Tibetanness, or Tibetan identity, is a contingent product of negotiations among several complementary and contradictory processes. These processes may be looked at in terms of different pairs of contrastive dynamics, such as the imperatives of a culture - in - displacement and the need to present an overarching stable identity; ...

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Conclusion

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pp. 129-132

To “forget IR theory” (Bleiker 1997) is not to ignore it, for any such attempt will leave intact a disciplinary endeavor that has significant purchase on the understanding and construction of world politics. Rather, this forgetting involves unprivileging the dominant modes of analysis of world politics and learning to think differently. ...

Notes

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pp. 133-150

Bibliography

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pp. 151-182

Publication History

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pp. 183-184

Index

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pp. 185-190

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About the Author, Other Works in the Series

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p. 191

Dibyesh Anand is a reader in international relations at the Centre for the Study of Democracy at the University of Westminster in England. ...