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The Politics Of Memory: Gender, Autobiography And Maoist Violence In Amdo

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In this chapter author address the painful process of the incorporation of Labrang into the PRC nation-state by rethinking 'history' as fundamentally a gendered 'practice of time' one that unfolds as situated persons work to remember within a variety of hierarchically arranged discourse genres under the press of relations of power. From this perspective, we have to consider history-making as a situated politics of memory. In this light 'history' in post-Mao Labrang was never just a fixed, but hidden story. Instead, it was a contemporary cultural politics of gendered selfhood and agency posited in competing narratives of the past. Tibetan communities in the PRC, it is crucial to understand the historical legacy of the gendered violence that structured Maoist socialist transformation in Tibetan regions. Tibetans in Labrang in the mid-1990s were variously positioned vis-à-vis the revitalized monastic community and state institutions amidst the rapid flux of a market economy.

Keywords: Gendered Violence; Maoist violence in Amdo; Narrative Politics



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