Communities of interpretation in the study of religion in Burma

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The paper delineates stages in the interpretation of religion in Burma. Beginning with colonial constructions, the discussion moves to subsequent studies in anthropology and history from which emerged an emphasis on localised articulations of Theravada Buddhist traditions. Others examined religion as a site for colonial resistance and as a means for engaging issues of modernity. More recent interpreters focused on Buddhist voices in the public domain of contemporary Burma and some recent studies moved beyond received boundaries of inquiry to consider religions among ethnic minorities and diaspora communities. The final section charts future development in the study of religion in Burma.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)255-267
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Southeast Asian Studies
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2008


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  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Sociology and Political Science

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