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THERAVADA BUDDHIST RELIGIOUS ACTORS IN THE TRANSITION FROM WAR TO PEACE IN SRI LANKA AND THAILAND

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Title:
THERAVADA BUDDHIST RELIGIOUS ACTORS IN THE TRANSITION FROM WAR TO PEACE IN SRI LANKA AND THAILAND
Physical Description:
Book
Language:
English
Creator:
Bastian, Bennet
Publisher:
New College of Florida
Place of Publication:
Sarasota, Fla.
Publication Date:

Thesis/Dissertation Information

Degree:
Bachelor's ( B.A.)
Degree Grantor:
New College of Florida
Degree Divisions:
Social Sciences
Area of Concentration:
Political Science, Religion
Faculty Sponsor:
Hicks, Barbara

Subjects

Genre:
bibliography   ( marcgt )
theses   ( marcgt )
government publication (state, provincial, territorial, dependent)   ( marcgt )
born-digital   ( sobekcm )
Electronic Thesis or Dissertation

Notes

Abstract:
Religious violence has been a large issue in the conflict resolution and peacebuilding literature, not least because of the seeming contradiction that peace-loving religion can promote such violence. Two examples of this conundrum are the countries of Sri Lanka and Thailand, where the Theravada Buddhist religious tradition has interacted both constructively and destructively with peacemaking efforts. By examining these two countries in case studies beginning in 1932, the current study uses extensive research on news articles and ethnographic work from both local and international sources in an effort at distinguishing the divergent paths Buddhist leaders and their constituents have taken. Challenging the suggestion that a given religious tradition can be simplistically peaceful or war-mongering, this thesis suggests that a sense of active discourse – through symbolic, ritual, and moral authority – helps to explain the differences of opinion and practice in the Theravada Buddhist traditions of Sri Lanka and Thailand. These experiences, in turn, suggest avenues for future work in utilizing religion as a constructive, peaceful component of civil society.
Statement of Responsibility:
by Bennet Bastian
Thesis:
Thesis (B.A.) -- New College of Florida, 2014
General Note:
RESTRICTED TO NCF STUDENTS, STAFF, FACULTY, AND ON-CAMPUS USE
Bibliography:
Includes bibliographical references.
General Note:
This bibliographic record is available under the Creative Commons CC0 public domain dedication. The New College of Florida Libraries, as creator of this bibliographic record, has waived all rights to it worldwide under copyright law, including all related and neighboring rights, to the extent allowed by law
General Note:
Faculty Sponsor: Hicks, Barbara

Record Information

Source Institution:
New College of Florida
Holding Location:
New College of Florida
Rights Management:
Applicable rights reserved.
Resource Identifier:
Classification:
S.T. 2014 B378
System ID:
AA00024713:00001

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