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Being Tibetan: Internet and Public Identity among Tibetan Youth

  • Åse Piltz
Publiceringsår: 2006
Språk: Engelska
Publikation/Tidskrift/Serie: Anpere: Anthropological Perspectives on Religion
Dokumenttyp: Artikel i tidskrift
Förlag: Anpere


The article focuses on the ways exiled Tibetan youth interact on the Internet. It is

argued that the discussions and debates on the Net not only communicate a sense of

unity, but that they strive to control the various expressions of Tibetan identity as

well. Internet has become an important arena for diasporic communities and must be

recognized for its creative potential. The core of the debates on sites like

relates to questions such as: What constitutes Tibetan society? What does it mean to

be Tibetan? What is acceptable and what is not for contemporary Tibetans? It is argued

in this article that the interaction on the Internet should not be seen as only

upholding an already existing community, but rather as an arena where the discourse

on Tibet shapes the community to come.


  • History of Religions


  • ISSN: 1653-6355

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