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Constrictive Constructs: Unravelling the Influence of Weber's Sociology on Theravada Studies Since the 1960s
Author Choompolpaisal, Phibul
Source Contemporary Buddhism: An Interdisciplinary Journal
Volumev.9 n.1
Pages7 - 51
Publisher Url
LocationAbingdon, UK [阿賓登, 英國]
Content type期刊論文=Journal Article
KeywordBuddhism & the Social Sciences; Theravada Buddhism; Protestant Work Ethic; Social Theory; Religion & State
AbstractThe present article assesses the substantial impact of Weber's sociology upon studies of Theravada Buddhism. In doing so, it reviews several important works on Theravada Buddhism with a view to analysing the use, influence and implications of Weber's sociology in Buddhist studies. After providing a broad overview of this influence in Theravada studies the discussion culminates with a more detailed discussion of the impact of Weber's sociology on the study and representation of Thai Buddhism.
Table of contentsIntroduction 7
Weber’s sociology 10
Sociological writings in Buddhist studies from 1960s (Bechert, Evers and Obeyesekere) 13
Theravada Studies since the 1970s with special reference to Sri Lanka: the writings of Gombrich, Obeyesekere and Bond 19
Studies of Thai Buddhism in the West 26
Conclusions 35
Weber’s influence on Buddhist studies 38
Theoretical responses to sociological methodology and the application of Weber’s ideas to study oriental societies 38
Acknowledgement 40
Notes 40
References 46
ISSN14639947 (P); 14767953 (E)
Created date2009.03.06
Modified date2017.06.28

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