Goldstein, Melvyn C.. Reexamining choice, dependency and command in the Tibetan social system: 'tax appendages' and other landless serfs

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Title: Reexamining choice, dependency and command in the Tibetan social system: 'tax appendages' and other landless serfs

Published in: The Tibetan journal -- Vol. XI, no. 4

Published By: The Tibetan journal -- Vol. XI, no. 4 [Dharamsala, India]: Library of Tibetan Works & Archives, 1986. 79-113 p.

By line: by Melvyn C. Goldstein

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: HRAF, 2010. Computer File

Culture: Tibetans (AJ01)

Subjects: Labor relations (466); Serfdom and peonage (566); Household (592); Prophets and ascetics (792);

Abstract: The author examines Tibetan social structure and serfdom and argues that despite the flexibility of the system and opportunities for social mobility, serf-like social relations did exist in Tibet, albeit different than the feudal West. The author examines the understanding of serfdom in the West and the literature that argues for a non-serf Tibetan society. He then examines in detail the estate/serf system based on seven case studies. The Tibetan serf, or MISER, may not be directly tied to the land but his labor is controlled by the the lord through a human-lease, tax appendage system.

Document Number: 31

Document ID: aj01-031

Document Type: Journal Article

Language: English

Field Date: 1985

Evaluation: Ethnologist-4, 5

Analyst: Ian Skoggard; 2009

Coverage Date: 1925-1985

Coverage Place: central Tibet

LCSH: Tibet (China)--Ethnology

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