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The Violence of LiberationGender and Tibetan Buddhist Revival in Post-Mao China$
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Charlene Makley

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780520250598

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520250598.001.0001

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Monks Are Men Too

Monks Are Men Too

Domesticating Monastic Subjects

(p.225) Five Monks Are Men Too
The Violence of Liberation

Charlene E. Makley

University of California Press

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

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