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

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Author: Author's name as listed in Library of Congress records

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

Published in: if part or section of a book or monograph The Tibetan journal -- Vol. XI, no. 4

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

By line: Author's name as appearing in the actual publication by Melvyn C. Goldstein

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: Human Relations Area Files, 2010. Computer File

Culture: Culture name from the Outline of World Cultures (OWC) with the alphanumberic OWC identifier in parenthesis. Tibetans (AJ01)

Subjects: Document-level OCM identifiers given by the anthropology subject indexers at HRAF Labor relations (466); Serfdom and peonage (566); Household (592); Prophets and ascetics (792);

Abstract: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document 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: HRAF's in-house numbering system derived from the processing order of documents 31

Document ID: HRAF's unique document identifier. The first part is the OWC identifier and the second part is the document number in three digits. aj01-031

Document Type: May include journal articles, essays, collections of essays, monographs or chapters/parts of monographs. Journal Article

Language: Language that the document is written in English

Note: Includes bibliographical references (p.111-112)

Field Date: The date the researcher conducted the fieldwork or archival research that produced the document 1985

Evaluation: In this alphanumeric code, the first part designates the type of person writing the document, e.g. Ethnographer, Missionary, Archaeologist, Folklorist, Linguist, Indigene, and so on. The second part is a ranking done by HRAF anthropologists based on the strength of the source material on a scale of 1 to 5, as follows: 1 - poor; 2 - fair; 3 - good, useful data, but not uniformly excellent; 4 - excellent secondary data; 5 - excellent primary data Ethnologist-4, 5

Analyst: The HRAF anthropologist who subject indexed the document and prepared other materials for the eHRAF culture/tradition collection. Ian Skoggard; 2009

Coverage Date: The date or dates that the information in the document pertains to (often not the same as the field date). 1925-1985

Coverage Place: Location of the research culture or tradition (often a smaller unit such as a band, community, or archaeological site) central Tibet

LCSH: Library of Congress Subject Headings Tibet (China)--Ethnology


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