Belonging in a New Myanmar: Identity, law, and gender in the anthropology of contemporary Buddhism

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    "To be Burmese is to be Buddhist" is a slogan commonly identified with the dawn of nationalism in the country known today as Myanmar, where violence between Buddhist, Muslim, and ethnic communities has increasingly jeopardized liberalizing reforms. How do contemporary forms of Theravada Buddhist discourse shape ideas of belonging in a multi-religious and ethnically diverse Myanmar following the dissolution of military rule in 2011? How do digital technologies and globalizing communication networks in this nation influence rapidly changing social identities, anxieties, and imaginaries that Brigit Meyer identifies as 'aesthetic formations'? In this article, I trace diverse genealogies of belonging to show how contemporary constructions of meaning facilitate religious imaginaries that may exacerbate difference by drawing on past ideologies of conflict or may seek to envision a new and diverse Myanmar.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)158-172
    Number of pages15
    JournalReligion and Society
    Volume8
    Issue number1
    DOIs
    StatePublished - Sep 1 2017

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    Buddhism
    Burma
    Anthropology
    Buddhist
    Religion
    Communication
    Slogan
    Anxiety
    Theravāda
    Dissolution
    Aesthetics
    Muslims
    Genealogy
    Military
    Discourse
    Digital Technology
    Social Identity
    Ideology
    Nationalism

    Keywords

    • Anti-muslim hate speech
    • Belonging
    • Gender
    • Global communications networks
    • Laws
    • Myanmar
    • Secularism
    • Theravada Buddhism

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Religious studies

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    Belonging in a New Myanmar : Identity, law, and gender in the anthropology of contemporary Buddhism. / Schober, Juliane.

    In: Religion and Society, Vol. 8, No. 1, 01.09.2017, p. 158-172.

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