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Identity and Support for Political Communities Based on Language Choice Data in Tibet

Hu, Yiyang (2008) Identity and Support for Political Communities Based on Language Choice Data in Tibet. Master's Thesis, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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National sentiment and identities are affective orientations of diffuse political support toward political communities. Language choice is suggested be a reliable indicator of community identity in Tibet for theoretical, historical, and practical reasons. Tibetan, Mandarin, and English are three language choices that are used to indicate three identities and three political communities in this paper. By using the language orientations of Tibetan high school students as the indicators of their community identities, I demonstrate the patterns of identity of Tibetan students with survey data. I also use empirical evidence to test the attitudinal and demographic sources of the students¡¯ variation in their community identities. The results reconfirm that the constructivist theory of the identity construction, which includes the primordialist and circumstantialist factors, has a fairly good explanatory power regarding the community identities of students in Tibet. And policy implications are offered from the educational perspective.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
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TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairTang,
Committee MemberPeters, B Guybgpeters@pitt.eduBGPETERS
Committee MemberMcEwan-Fujita, Emilyemcewan@pitt.eduEMCEWAN
Date: 4 June 2008
Date Type: Completion
Defense Date: 17 April 2008
Approval Date: 4 June 2008
Submission Date: 22 April 2008
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences > East Asian Studies
Degree: MA - Master of Arts
Thesis Type: Master's Thesis
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: Identity Construction; Language Orientation; Political Support
Other ID:, etd-04222008-112435
Date Deposited: 10 Nov 2011 19:40
Last Modified: 15 Nov 2016 13:41


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