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Title: Methods, Meanings, and Representations in the Study of Past Tibetan Societies
Language of title: English
Author/Creator: Geoff Childs

Description: This paper outlines a methodology that makes possible a nuanced understanding of past Tibetan societies by exploring the tensions between structure and agency. Ethnographic data from a recent project on the historical demography of Skyid grong District is used to demonstrate how one can move beyond normative descriptions of a past society by using interviewees as both informants (who impart normative views) and respondents (who reflect on their own individual circumstances). In this way one can gain a perspective on the widely accepted rules of a society, while also using case studies to illustrate how individuals negotiated these rules in practice. This paper details the process by which one particular anthropologist came to know what he claims to know, and as such is a commentary on the reliability and validity of ethnographic data. (Than Garson 2005-09-22)

URL: http://www.thlib.org/collections/texts/jiats/#jiats=/01/childs/
Extent: 11 pp.
Classification: Tibetan and Himalayan -- Journals -- Journals Focused on Regions -- Tibet -- JIATS -- Issue 1 (October 2005)
Tibetan and Himalayan -- Journals -- THL-Hosted Online Journals -- JIATS -- Issue 1 (October 2005)
Source URL: http://www.jiats.org/
Source: Journal of the International Association of Tibetan Studies
Source Editor: José Cabezón
Source Type: Journal
Source Number: 1
Start Date: 2005-09
ISBN/ISSN: 1550-6363
Format: Online resource
Media type: Text
Resource Type: Article
Digital Encoding: xml
Release Flag: OK for viewing
Date Of Record Creation: 2005-09-20 14:23:57
Date Record Checked: 2005-09-20
Date Last Modified: 2006-05-19 13:29:18
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