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Rehearsing the State: The Political Practices of the Tibetan Government-in-Exile




Rehearsing the State: The Political Practices of the Tibetan Government-in-Exile

Fiona McConnell

ISBN: 978-1-118-66128-4 March 2016 240 Pages


Rehearsing the State presents a comprehensive investigation of the institutions, performances, and actors through which the Tibetan Government-in-Exile is rehearsing statecraft. McConnell offers new insights into how communities officially excluded from formal state politics enact hoped-for futures and seek legitimacy in the present.

  • Offers timely and original insights into exile Tibetan politics based on detailed qualitative research in Tibetan communities in India
  • Advances existing debates in political geography by bringing ideas of stateness and statecraft into dialogue with geographies of temporality
  • Explores the provisional and pedagogical dimensions of state practices, adding weight to assertions that states are in a continual situation of emergence
  • Makes a significant contribution to critical state theory
List of Figures viii

Series Editors' Preface ix

Acknowledgements x

Note on Transliteration xiii

1 Introduction 1

2 Rethinking the (Non)state: Time / Space / Performance 17

3 Setting the Scene: Contested Narratives of Tibetan Statehood 40

4 Rehearsal Spaces: Material and Symbolic Roles of Exile Tibetan Settlements 61

5 Playwright and Cast: Crafting Legitimacy in Exile 92

6 Scripting the State: Constructing a Population, Welfare State and Citizenship in Exile 116

7 Audiences of Statecraft: Negotiating Hospitality and Performing Diplomacy 145

8 Conclusion: Rehearsing Stateness 171

References 190

Index 216