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Title: Exile, Transnational Connections, and the Construction of Identity: Tibetan Immigrants in Montreal
Language of title: English
Author/Creator: Mary Jane Gardner

Description: This study examines the processes through which a small group of Tibetans in Montreal constructs a sense of community identity in exile. The author argues that membership in the extended, transnational organization, the Tibet Movement, provides the framework within which these processes take place. The incorporation of non-Tibetans, the role of technology, and the part played by the Tibetan government-in-exile and, in particular, that of the Dalai Lama are significant elements in sustaining community identity. The notion of immigrants retaining links with their home country, let alone their previous countries of settlement, contradicts many of our traditional perceptions of immigration, migration and community. To assist in the explanation of what is happening here, the author looks at recent theories on transnationalism and diaspora. With its unique history, though, the Tibetan case cannot be encompassed by more recent theoretical models. I therefore draw on existing approaches but find it necessary to move beyond them so as to capture the complexities and dynamics of Tibetan transnational connections. (from the thesis' abstract)

Publisher: UMI
Publisher country: United States
Published Date: 2000

Published Date Note: 1999 MA thesis for Concordia University

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Extent: 166 pp.
Classification: Tibetan and Himalayan -- Society -- Identity Issues -- Tibetan Identity in Exile
Cultural Coverage: Tibet
Temporal coverage: 20th century CE
21st century CE
Language: English
Format: Print media (print or manuscript, including PDFs)
Resource Type: Thesis
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Date Of Record Creation: 2006-04-06 17:38:41
Date Last Modified: 2006-04-06 17:38:41
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