Culture, Mind, and Society

Narrative Practice and Cultural Change

Building Worlds with Karma, Ghosts, and Capitalist Invaders in Thailand

Authors: Carlisle, Steven Grant

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  • Presents a unique approach to person-centered anthropology
  • Provides a practice theory that incorporates and explains sources of cultural change
  • Draws on three years of fieldwork in Thailand examining stories important to the lives of Bangkok Buddhists on topics ranging from karma to ghosts
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This book presents a unique approach to person-centered anthropology, providing a new form of practice theory that incorporates and explains sources of cultural change. Built around the learning and use of autobiographical narrative forms, it draws from, and expands on, phenomenological, psychological, and moral anthropological traditions.

The author draws on extensive original fieldwork in Thailand to explore questions including: how Buddhism has dealt with the appearance of global capitalism; and why some Thais continue to pursue nirvana-oriented Buddhist practices when karma-oriented reward-systems seem to be more satisfying as a whole. Where previous person-centered ethnographies have explored the ways in which social forces cause individuals to conform to cultural norms, this work advances the analysis by focusing on how ideas are transmitted from individuals to into wider society. This book will provide fresh insights of particular interest to psychological, phenomenological and narrative anthropologists; as well as to researchers working in the fields of religious and Asian studies.

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Steven Grant Carlisle is Lecturer in Anthropology at California State University at San Marcos, USA. Dr. Carlisle specializes in anthropology of religion, psychological anthropology, and the study of narratives.

Table of contents (8 chapters)

Table of contents (8 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Narrative Practice and Cultural Change
Book Subtitle
Building Worlds with Karma, Ghosts, and Capitalist Invaders in Thailand
Authors
Series Title
Culture, Mind, and Society
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-49548-0
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-49548-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-49547-3
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVI, 281
Number of Illustrations
1 b/w illustrations
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