Wandering Dhamma and transnational fellowship: addiction, aspiration and belonging among ethnic minorities on the northern Thai border

This article compares Buddhist and Christian approaches to the drug problem among ethnic minorities in northern Thailand. Government programmes implemented through Buddhist monasteries aim to construct Buddhist subjects and realise agendas of national security in border areas. Yet, they also offer d...

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Published in:Journal of Southeast Asian studies
Main Author: Vorng, Sophorntavy
Format: Electronic Article
Language:English
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Published: 2017
In:Journal of Southeast Asian studies
Year: 2017, Volume: 48, Issue: 1, Pages: 113-134
Further subjects:B Drug addiction
B Thailand Thailand (Norden) Borderland Volksgruppe / Ethnische Bevölkerungsgruppe Minority Drogen / Rauschmittel Drug addiction / Drug consumption Medical care Buddhisten Christen Verhältnis Bevölkerungsgruppen - Staat
B Border areas national communities / Ethnic Minority groups Narcotics drug consumption / Drug addiction Medical care Buddhists Christians Societal groups - state relations
B Narcotics
B Buddhist
B Population group
B Thailand
B Ethnic group
B Drug consumption
B Borderland
B Minority
B State
B Medical care
B Christian
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Summary:This article compares Buddhist and Christian approaches to the drug problem among ethnic minorities in northern Thailand. Government programmes implemented through Buddhist monasteries aim to construct Buddhist subjects and realise agendas of national security in border areas. Yet, they also offer development support and access to resources. Meanwhile, gospel rehabilitation centres provide much-needed drug treatment services while drawing highlanders into transnational spheres of Christian fellowship. Consequently, I argue that the relationship between ethnic minorities and the state can be defined in terms of aspiration and negotiation, as well as resistance and evasion, as has been previously argued in the literature. (J Southeast Asian Stud /GIGA)
ISSN:1474-0680
Contains:In: Journal of Southeast Asian studies