Buddhism And Postmodern Imaginings In Thailand

Author: James Taylor
Editor: Routledge
ISBN: 1351954431
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This book presents a rethink on the significance of Thai Buddhism in an increasingly complex and changing post-modern urban context, especially following the financial crisis of 1997. Defining the cultural nature of Thai ’urbanity’; the implications for local/global flows, interactions and emergent social formations, James Taylor opens up new possibilities in understanding the specificities of everyday urban life as this relates to perceptions, conceptions and lived experiences of religiosity. Changes in the centre are also reverberating in the remaining forests and the monastic tradition of forest-dwelling which has sourced most of the nation’s modern saints. The text is based on ethnography taking into account the rich variety of everyday practices in a mélange of the religious. In Thailand, Buddhism is so intimately interconnected with national identity and social, economic and ethno-political concerns as to be inseparable. Taylor argues here that in recent years there has been a marked reformulation of important conventional cosmologies through new and challenging Buddhist ideas and practices. These influences and changes are as much located outside as inside the Buddhist temples/monasteries.
Buddhism and Postmodern Imaginings in Thailand
Language: en
Pages: 252
Authors: James Taylor
Categories: Religion
Type: BOOK - Published: 2016-12-05 - Publisher: Routledge

This book presents a rethink on the significance of Thai Buddhism in an increasingly complex and changing post-modern urban context, especially following the financial crisis of 1997. Defining the cultural nature of Thai ’urbanity’; the implications for local/global flows, interactions and emergent social formations, James Taylor opens up new possibilities
Pilgrimage in the Age of Globalisation
Language: en
Pages: 230
Authors: Nelia Hyndman-Rizk
Categories: Social Science
Type: BOOK - Published: 2012-04-25 - Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing

This edited collection brings together a series of ethnographically grounded studies on sacred and secular pilgrimage in the age of globalisation from around the world. Pilgrimage is explored as a distinctive form of mobility in late modernity, which emphasises inner transformation. Thus, the studies in this volume show how pilgrimage
Buddhism in the Modern World
Language: en
Pages: 352
Authors: David L. McMahan
Categories: Religion
Type: BOOK - Published: 2012-03-15 - Publisher: Routledge

Buddhism in the Modern World explores the challenges faced by Buddhism today, the distinctive forms that it has taken and the individuals and movements that have shaped it. Part One discusses the modern history of Buddhism in different geographical regions, from Southeast Asia to North America. Part Two examines key
Modern Buddhist Conjunctures in Myanmar
Language: en
Pages: 248
Authors: Juliane Schober
Categories: Philosophy
Type: BOOK - Published: 2010-11-30 - Publisher: University of Hawaii Press

For centuries, Burmese have looked to the authority of their religious tradition, Theravada Buddhism, to negotiate social and political hierarchies. Modern Buddhist Conjunctures in Myanmar examines those moments in the modern history of this Southeast Asian country when religion, culture, and politics converge to chart new directions. Arguing against Max
Religious Tourism in Northern Thailand
Language: en
Pages: 256
Authors: Brooke Schedneck
Categories: Religion
Type: BOOK - Published: 2021-04-08 - Publisher: University of Washington Press

Temples are everywhere in Chiang Mai, filled with tourists as well as saffron-robed monks of all ages. The monks participate in daily urban life here as elsewhere in Thailand, where Buddhism is promoted, protected, and valued as a tourist attraction. Yet this mountain city offers more than a fleeting, commodified