The subject of Tibet is highly controversial, and Tibet, as a political entity, is defined differently from source to source and audience to audience. The editors of this path-breaking, multidisciplinary study have gathered some of the leading scholars in Tibetan and ethnic studies to provide a comprehensive analysis of the Tibet question. "Contemporary Tibet" explores essential themes and issues concerning modern Tibet. It presents fresh material from various political viewpoints and data from original surveys and field research. The contributors consider such topics as representations and sovereignty, economic development and political conditions, the exile movement and human rights, historical legacies and international politics, identity issues and the local society. The individual chapters provide historical background as well as a general framework to examine Tibet's present situation in world politics, the relationship with China and the West, and prospects for the future.
List of Tables; 1. Introduction: The Tibet Question in Contemporary Perspective, Barry Sautman and June Teufel Dreyer; Part I. Politics and Representation; 2. Beyond the Collaborator-Martyr Model: Strategies of Compliance, Opportunism, and Opposition Within Tibet, Robert Barnett; 3. The Dalai Lama's Autonomy Proposal: A One-Sided Wish? He Baogang; 4. The Question of Tibet and the Politics of the "Real," Amy Mountcastle; 5. Indirect Representation Versus a Democratic System: Relative Advantages for Resolving the Tibet Question, Wang Lixiong; Part II. Economic Development; 6. Economic Development in Tibet Under the People's Republic of China, June Teufel Dreyer; 7. Economic Policy and Practice in Contemporary Tibet, Dawa Norbu; 8. Market Formation and Transformation: Private Business in Lhasa, Hu Xiaojiang and Miguel A. Salazar; Part III. Society and Identity; 9. The Development and Change in Rural Tibet: Problems and Adaptations, Melvyn C. Goldstein, Ben Jiao, Cynthia M. Beall, and Phuntsog Tsering; 10. Riding High on the Manchurian Dream: Three Paradigms in the Construction of the Tibetan Question, P. Christiaan Klieger; 11. "Demographic Annihilation" and Tibet, Barry Sautman; 12. Life in Lara Village, Tibet, Yu Changjiang; Part IV. The International Dimension; 13. The Tibet Question and the West: Issues of Sovereignty, Identity, and Representation, Dibyesh Anand; 14. The Tibet Question: A New Cold War, Xu Mingxu and Yuan Feng; 15. Tibet and the United States, A. Tom Grunfeld.