Social Regulation: Case Studies from Tibetan History


In Social Regulation: Case Studies from Tibetan History the editors Jeannine Bischoff and Saul Mullard present a collection of studies of the mechanisms that regulated Tibetan societies from the 17th to the 20th centuries. Social regulations controlled, shaped and perpetuated Tibetan societies, but close analyses of these historical processes are rarely to be seen in ‘event history’ writing. The contributions to this volume explore the theme of social regulation from the perspectives of religion, politics and administration, while addressing issues of morals and values.
Covering a wide range of Tibetan societies, the geographical scope of this volume extends from the Central Tibetan area to the southeastern Tibetan borderlands and the Himalayan kingdoms of Nepal and Sikkim.
Contributors are: Alice Travers, Berthe Jansen, Charles Ramble, Fernanda Pirie, Jeannine Bischoff, Kalsang Norbu Gurung, Kensaku Okawa, Nyima Drandul, Peter Schwieger, Saul Mullard, Yuri Komatsubara

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Jeannine Bischoff is a doctoral student at the University of Bonn, Germany. Her research focuses on Tibetan administrative documents concerning the rural communities attached to Kundeling monastery, in Central Tibet, before 1959.

Saul Mullard completed his D.Phil in Oriental Studies at the University of Oxford in 2009. He has published numerous works on the history of Sikkim, including Opening the Hidden Land: State Formation and the Construction of Sikkimese History(Brill, 2011).

Saul Mullard: Regulating Sikkimese Society: The Fifteen-clause Domestic Settlement (Nang ’dum) of 1876

Charles Ramble and Nyima Drandul: Reason against Tradition: An Attempt at Cultural Reform in a Tibetan-speaking Community in Panchayat-Era Nepal

Berthe Jansen: Monastic Guidelines (bCa’ yig): Tibetan Social History from a Buddhist Studies Perspective

Alice Travers: The lCags stag dmag khrims (1950): A New Development in Tibetan Legal and Military History?

Peter Schwieger: On the Exercise of Jurisdiction in Southeast Tibet after the Rise of the Ganden Phodrang Government

Jeannine Bischoff: Completely, Voluntarily and Unalterably? – Values and Social Regulation among Central Tibetan Mi ser during the Ganden Phodrang Period

Yuri Komatsubara: A Study of the Treaty of the First Tibet-Gorkha war of 1789

Kensaku Okawa: A Study of gTan tshigs: A Genre of Land Tenure Document and its Implication in Tibetan Social History

Kalsang Norbu Gurung: Different copies of the Iron-Tiger Land Settlement and their Historical Value as Taxation Manuals

Fernanda Pirie: State, Law, and Morality in Traditional Tibet

The volume addresses all those interested in the social history, politics, religion and language of Tibet, as well anyone interested in the use of administrative documents as historical sources.