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Geopolitical Exotica: Tibet in Western Imagination [Paperback]

Dibyesh Anand

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Jan. 11 2008 Barrows Lectures (Book 30)

Geopolitical Exotica examines exoticized Western representations of Tibet and Tibetans and the debate over that land’s status with regard to China. Concentrating on specific cultural images of the twentieth century—promulgated by novels, popular films, travelogues, and memoirs—Dibyesh Anand lays bare the strategies by which “Exotica Tibet” and “Tibetanness” have been constructed, and he investigates the impact these constructions have had on those who are being represented.

 

Although images of Tibet have excited the popular imagination in the West for many years, Geopolitical Exotica is the first book to explore representational practices within the study of international relations. Anand challenges the parochial practices of current mainstream international relations theory and practice, claiming that the discipline remains mostly Western in its orientation. His analysis of Tibet’s status with regard to China scrutinizes the vocabulary afforded by conventional international relations theory and considers issues that until now have been undertheorized in relation to Tibet, including imperialism, history, diaspora, representation, and identity.

 

In this masterfully synthetic work, Anand establishes that postcoloniality provides new insights into themes of representation and identity and demonstrates how IR as a discipline can meaningfully expand its focus beyond the West.

 

Dibyesh Anand is a reader in international relations at the University of Westminster, London.


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Univ Of Minnesota Press (Jan. 11 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0816647666
  • ISBN-13: 978-0816647668
  • Product Dimensions: 23 x 15 x 1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 272 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,234,601 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Tibet as an Integral Entity, Rather Than as Seen Through a Western Lens March 26 2013
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The language of International Relations (IR) portrays Tibet as it affects the geopolitical goals of the large nations that anchor that field. In the process, IR minimizes and distorts the internal life and cultural content of Tibetan life.

This book represents a deconstruction of that process of distortion, as well as an examination of its motives, and a comparison of its perceptions with the author's own understanding of the realities of Tibetan internal life.

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