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The Deadlock in Tibet

The Tibet Protests of Spring 2008

Conflict between the Nation and the State
Robert Barnett
p. 6-23


This preliminary assessment of 95 of the 150 or more protests in Tibetan areas in the spring of 2008 suggests that they were far more widespread than during previous unrest, and also that there was greater involvement of laypeople, farmers, nomads, and students than in the past. It argues that the struggle in China and elsewhere over representation of the unrest has been dominated by the question of violence, with little attention paid to policy questions and social issues. This paper outlines the basic concepts that underlie that debate and summarises the historical factors that might have led to protest.

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Robert Barnett, « The Tibet Protests of Spring 2008 », China Perspectives, 2009/3 | 2009, 6-23.

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Robert Barnett, « The Tibet Protests of Spring 2008 », China Perspectives [En ligne], 2009/3 | 2009, mis en ligne le 01 septembre 2012, consulté le 08 décembre 2019. URL : ; DOI : 10.4000/chinaperspectives.4836

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