Travelling theory and Buddhist sociology

Marotta, Vince 2016, Travelling theory and Buddhist sociology, Journal for the academic study of religion, vol. 29, no. 3, pp. 242-264, doi: 10.1558/jasr.31534.

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Title Travelling theory and Buddhist sociology
Author(s) Marotta, VinceORCID iD for Marotta, Vince
Journal name Journal for the academic study of religion
Volume number 29
Issue number 3
Start page 242
End page 264
Total pages 23
Publisher Equinox Publishing
Place of publication Sheffield, Eng.
Publication date 2016
ISSN 2047-704X
Keyword(s) indigenous sociology movement
Buddhist sociology
Social theory
Summary Drawing on the indigenous sociology movement, the paper explores the meaning of Buddhist sociology/social theory, unpacks the persistent binary between East/West that exists within this marriage of ideas and investigates how advocates of Buddhist sociology conceptualize the ‘West’ and ‘Western sociology’. Drawing on representative studies, it will then assess Buddhist sociology’s rejection of the mutilated and threatened sociological self and interrogate the relationship between individual and social suffering within Buddhist sociology. The paper makes three main points: Buddhist sociology homogenizes ‘Western sociology’ in order for it to conform to Buddhist principles, that the relationship between individual and social suffering within Buddhist sociology/social theory is ambiguous and that the appropriation of Buddhism has led to a process of ‘soft’ Othering.
Language eng
DOI 10.1558/jasr.31534
Field of Research 160806 Social Theory
Socio Economic Objective 970116 Expanding Knowledge through Studies of Human Society
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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