Monks Are Men Too

Charlene E. Makley

in The Violence of Liberation

Published by University of California Press

Published in print December 2007 | ISBN: 9780520250598
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520940536 | DOI:
Monks Are Men Too

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This chapter ends the study of the basic roles of sex and gender in the recontextualization process of national incorporation in the Sino-Tibetan frontier zone. It considers the unstable nature of Tibetan masculinities under Chinese Communist Party (CCP) rule and studies the central role of monastic masculinities in the ongoing dialogue that is played on the road to “modernization.” The chapter also emphasizes how the dialogue between Tibetan masculine divinity and state authority came down to an emergent cultural politics of recognition around the properly disciplined bodies and loyalties of monks.

Keywords: sex and gender; recontextualization process; national incorporation; CCP rule; monastic masculinities; modernization; masculine divinity; state authority; cultural politics; monks

Chapter.  25918 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Anthropology

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