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Contemporary Anthropology of Religion

Buddhism, International Relief Work, and Civil Society

Editors: Kawanami, H., Samuel, G. (Eds.)

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Natural disasters in Asian countries have brought global attention to the work of local Buddhist communities and groups. Here, the contributors examine local Buddhist communities and international Buddhist organizations engaged in a variety of relief work in countries including India, Thailand, Sri Lanka, China, and Japan.

About the authors

Elizabeth J Harris, Liverpool Hope University, UK Monica Lindberg Falk, Lund University, Sweden Carine Jaquet, Research Institute on Contemporary Southeast Asia, France Matthew Walton, Oxford University, UK Ranjana Mukhopadhyaya, University of Delhi, India Jung-Chang Wang, Aletheia University, Taiwan Sik Faren, Chinese University of Hong Kong, China Kory Goldberg, Champlain College in St-Lambert, Canada

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"Before this book was published, little was known about the role of Buddhism in international aid work and disaster relief. Now for the first time, the eight case-studies in this volume document Buddhist-led aid and emergency-relief initiatives in a variety of northern and southern Asian countries. Some describe indigenous responses to regional disasters, while others are concerned with the delivery of assistance by international donors and aid foundations. Collectively they provide evidence of how Buddhist monks and laity are increasingly adopting new and unfamiliar roles as they engage with human problems in today's globalized world. I recommend this timely and relevant volume to anyone interested in engaged Buddhism or the practical application of Buddhist teachings." - Damien Keown, Professor Emeritus of Buddhist Ethics, Goldsmiths, University of London, UK


Table of contents (9 chapters)

  • Buddhism and International Aid: A Case Study from Post-tsunami Sri Lanka

    Harris, Elizabeth J.

    Pages 1-25

  • Thai Buddhists’ Encounters with International Relief Work in Post-tsunami Thailand

    Falk, Monica Lindberg

    Pages 27-49

  • Buddhism and Relief in Myanmar: Reflections on Relief as a Practice of Dāna

    Jaquet, Carine (et al.)

    Pages 51-73

  • Transnational Networks of Dharma and Development: International Aid by Japanese Buddhists and the Revival of Buddhism in Post-Khmer Rouge Cambodia

    Mukhopadhyaya, Ranjana

    Pages 75-99

  • Implications of International Relief Work and Civil Society for Japanese Buddhists Affiliated with Traditional Denominations

    Kawanami, Hiroko

    Pages 101-121

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Buddhism, International Relief Work, and Civil Society
Editors
  • H. Kawanami
  • G. Samuel
Series Title
Contemporary Anthropology of Religion
Copyright
2013
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Nature America Inc.
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-38023-4
DOI
10.1057/9781137380234
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-38022-7
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-47916-0
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 224
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