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Social development in the Tibet Autonomous Region: A contemporary and historical analysis


  • Reza Hasmath
  • Jennifer Hsu


Purpose - This paper seeks to historically examine social development outcomes in the Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR) in respect to poverty eradication, education and employment, health care and social integration. Moreover, it will aims to offer tangible advice for improving future social development work in TAR. Design/methodology/approach - The main theoretical approach is a literature and policy review of social development in TAR from 1951 to present. Findings - Seemingly, Tibet's social development strategy has been achieved through a strong top-down approach. However, the road ahead for TAR once basic needs are satisfactorily met, is a move towards a participatory approach, whereby Tibetans can directly contribute and have a stake in their own futures. Originality/value - This paper will be of interest to those who want a definitive account of recent historical social development strategies and outcomes in TAR; and subsequently, the future possibilities and challenges for development in the region.

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  • Reza Hasmath & Jennifer Hsu, 2007. "Social development in the Tibet Autonomous Region: A contemporary and historical analysis," International Journal of Development Issues, Emerald Group Publishing, vol. 6(2), pages 125-141, May.
  • Handle: RePEc:eme:ijdipp:v:6:y:2007:i:2:p:125-141

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