Buddhism in Australia : an emerging field of study

Halafoff, Anna, Fitzpatrick, Ruth and Lam, Kim 2012, Buddhism in Australia : an emerging field of study, Journal of global buddhism, vol. 13, pp. 9-25.

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Title Buddhism in Australia : an emerging field of study
Author(s) Halafoff, Anna
Fitzpatrick, Ruth
Lam, Kim
Journal name Journal of global buddhism
Volume number 13
Start page 9
End page 25
Total pages 17
Publisher Journal of Global Buddhism
Place of publication United States
Publication date 2012
ISSN 1527-6457
Keyword(s) Buddhism
Australia
Summary In 2006, Paul D. Numrich (2008) posed the question of whether contemporary scholarship on North American Buddhism constituted a distinct "field of study" and identified several factors that defined both academic disciplines and fields. This paper applies Numrich's criteria to the study of Buddhism in Australia, in its multiple and diverse forms, suggesting that it is an emerging field of study. While there has been an increase in historical, anthropological, and sociological scholarship in recent years, a comprehensive analysis of Buddhism in Australia, and particularly its impact on Australian life and culture, is yet to be conducted. This paper argues that such a study is both timely and necessary, given that Buddhism is the second largest religion in Australia, and we appear to be entering an "Asian century."
Language eng
Field of Research 220405 Religion and Society
160803 Race and Ethnic Relations
Socio Economic Objective 950404 Religion and Society
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30047222

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: Centre for Citizenship and Globalisation
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