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Book: Power and Agency in the Lives of Contemporary Tibetan Nuns

Chapter: 10. Hegemonic Ideologies and Doctrines

DOI: 10.1558/equinox.44147


The hegemonic domain of power in Tibet has traditionally included particularly religious teachings. These, along with cultural conceptions, have forcefully shaped ideas about women and the feminine. Today, traditional ideas are competing with ideas of modernity and secularism promoted by the Chinese state. Consequently, contemporary concepts of gender in Tibetan culture are a complex mix of both religious and cultural beliefs, as well as Chinese and Western ideas concerning gender.

Chapter Contributors

  • Mitra Härkönen ( - mharkonen) 'University of Helsinki'