“Kauffmann has made an important contribution to scholarship on the transnational sphere of international development as it concerns Tibetans. This book, which aims to give readers the Tibetan perspective on the phenomenon, is an essential update to previous works on the subject.” • Julia Hess, University of New Mexico
“The way in which Tibetan religion has been essentialized, commodified, and instrumentalized [in this book] is really very good indeed… The description and discussion of the Tibet movement… is first-rate.” • David N. Gellner, Oxford University
Since the arrival of the first Tibetans in exile in 1959, a vast and continuous wave of international – especially Western – support has permitted these refugees to survive and even to flourish in their temporary places of residence. Today, these Tibetan refugees continue to attract assistance from Western governments, organizations and individuals, while other refugee populations are largely forgotten in the international agenda. This book shows and discusses how Tibetan refugees continue to attract resources, due, notably, to the dissemination of their political and religious agendas, as well as how a movement of Western supporters, born in very different conditions, guaranteed a unique relationship with these refugees.
Thomas Kauffmann is the Director of an International NGO and holds a Doctorate in Anthropology from the University of Oxford.
LC: DS786.K3253 2015
BL: DRT ELD.DS.152227
BISAC: SOC007000 SOCIAL SCIENCE/Emigration & Immigration; POL000000 POLITICAL SCIENCE/General
BIC: JFFD Refugees & political asylum; JPA Political science & theory