New buddhist movements in Thailand: An 'individualistic revolution', reform and political dissonance

The paper is essentially a background study of two controversial urban-based Buddhist movements which appeared since the beginning of the seventies, Santi Asok and the Thammakai Foundation. Both religious movements developed as a consequence of rapid changes in the macro-social milieu involving an a...

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Published in:Journal of Southeast Asian studies
Main Author: Taylor, John Lewis
Format: Print Article
Language:English
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Published: Cambridge Univ. Press 1990
In:Journal of Southeast Asian studies
Year: 1990, Volume: 21, Issue: 1, Pages: 135-154
Further subjects:B Socioeconomic change
B Buddhism
B Association
B Religious community
B Thailand
B Religious renewal
B Internal policy
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Summary:The paper is essentially a background study of two controversial urban-based Buddhist movements which appeared since the beginning of the seventies, Santi Asok and the Thammakai Foundation. Both religious movements developed as a consequence of rapid changes in the macro-social milieu involving an articulate aspiring new Thai bourgeoisie. Both "urban cults", on their own ways, are predicating a radical critique of the enduring social order; a call for collective "innerwordly" activism and "individualistic" reflexive response to normative institutional paradigms. (DÜI-Sen)
ISSN:0022-4634
Contains:In: Journal of Southeast Asian studies