Year of Publication

2011

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Document Type

Thesis

College

Arts and Sciences

Department

Sociology

First Advisor

Dr. Edward Morris

Abstract

Opportunities of mass education are a relatively new phenomenon in the Tibetan community. Following the incidents of 1959, the Dalai Lama and thousands of Tibetans fled into India. Mass education was implemented and sustained within the Tibetan community for the first time. The goal of this exploratory research is to study the impact of mass education on the first generations of Tibetans who experienced it in exile. This study analyzes the gendered pattern in subjects students choose to pursue, their educational attainment and the kinds of jobs they assume after graduation. The study presents a quantitative analysis of data spanning twenty years, which was collected by the head office of Tibetan Children’s Village schools based in India. This study finds that gender is a significant predictor of whether one pursued higher studies, and also of what kinds of jobs people get. The results indicate that females have lower educational performance, attainment and occupational scores than males within the Tibetan community. This study also points to a change in gender relations within the Tibetan community after migrating into India.

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