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The Resource Saving Buddhism : the impermanence of religion in colonial Burma, Alicia Turner

Saving Buddhism : the impermanence of religion in colonial Burma, Alicia Turner

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Saving Buddhism : the impermanence of religion in colonial Burma
Title
Saving Buddhism
Title remainder
the impermanence of religion in colonial Burma
Statement of responsibility
Alicia Turner
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Author
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Language
eng
Summary
Saving Buddhism explores the dissonance between the goals of the colonial state and the Buddhist worldview that animated Burmese Buddhism at the turn of the twentieth century. For many Burmese, the salient and ordering discourse was not nation or modernity but sāsana, the life of the Buddha's teachings. Burmese Buddhists interpreted the political and social changes between 1890 and 1920 as signs that the Buddha's sāsana was deteriorating. This fear of decline drove waves of activity and organizing to prevent the loss of the Buddha's teachings. Burmese set out to save Buddhism, but achieved much more: they took advantage of the indeterminacy of the moment to challenge the colonial frameworks that were beginning to shape their world. Author Alicia Turner has examined thousands of rarely used sources-- newspapers and Buddhist journals, donation lists, and colonial reports--to trace three discourses set in motion by the colonial encounter: the evolving understanding of sāsana as an orienting framework for change, the adaptive modes of identity made possible in the moral community, and the ongoing definition of religion as a site of conflict and negotiation of autonomy. Beginning from an understanding that defining and redefining the boundaries of religion operated as a key technique of colonial power--shaping subjects through European categories and authorizing projects of colonial governmentality--she explores how Burmese Buddhists became actively engaged in defining and inflecting religion to shape their colonial situation and forward their own local projects.Saving Buddhism intervenes not just in scholarly conversations about religion and colonialism, but in theoretical work in religious studies on the categories of "religion" and "secular." It contributes to ongoing studies of colonialism, nation, and identity in Southeast Asian studies by working to denaturalize nationalist histories. It also engages conversations on millennialism and the construction of identity in Buddhist studies by tracing the fluid nature of sāsana as a discourse. The layers of Buddhist history that emerge challenge us to see multiple modes of identity in colonial modernity and offer insights into the instabilities of categories we too often take for granted
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digitized
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P@U
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Turner, Alicia Marie
Index
index present
Language note
In English
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
Series statement
Southeast Asia : politics, meaning, and memory
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Group identity
  • Buddhism and politics
  • Buddhism and politics
  • Burma
  • Buddhism and politics
  • Group identity
  • Politics and government
  • Burma
  • Buddhismus
  • Sozialer Wandel
  • Birma
  • Birma
  • Buddhism
  • Religion
  • Philosophy & Religion
  • RELIGION / Comparative Religion
  • RELIGION / Buddhism / General
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Saving Buddhism : the impermanence of religion in colonial Burma, Alicia Turner
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Publication
Antecedent source
not applicable
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Contents
Sasana decline and traditions of reform -- Buddhist education -- Morals, conduct, and community -- The shoe and the shikho
Control code
ocn929790825
Extent
1 online resource
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780824847913
Media category
computer
Media type code
  • c
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JSTOR
Other control number
10.21313/9780824847913
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22573/ctt225v84k
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not applicable
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not applicable
Reproduction note
Electronic reproduction.
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)929790825
System details
Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.
Label
Saving Buddhism : the impermanence of religion in colonial Burma, Alicia Turner
Publication
Antecedent source
not applicable
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Contents
Sasana decline and traditions of reform -- Buddhist education -- Morals, conduct, and community -- The shoe and the shikho
Control code
ocn929790825
Extent
1 online resource
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780824847913
Media category
computer
Media type code
  • c
Note
JSTOR
Other control number
10.21313/9780824847913
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
22573/ctt225v84k
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
Reformatting quality
not applicable
Reproduction note
Electronic reproduction.
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)929790825
System details
Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.

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