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Buddhism and Postmodern Imaginings in Thailand: The Religiosity of Urban Space

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Overview

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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780754662471
  • Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 12/1/2008
  • Pages: 252
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Thai Buddhism in postmodernity 1

2 Buddhist modernities, heresy and hybridization : Thailand's Thammakaai movement 37

3 New Buddhism, copying and the art of the imagination 65

4 Buddhist cyber-worlds and changing urban space 89

5 Nation, embodiment and the charisma of a Thai saint 109

6 Kammathaan monks, tradition and sites of memory 133

7 Sanctification of place, power and mobility 169

8 Conclusion/beginning 193

Bibliography 205

Index 231

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