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Constructing Religious Modernities: Hybridity, Reinterpretation, and Adaptation in Thailand's International Meditation Centers


Abstract This dissertation project addresses one of the most critical problems in the study of religion: how new formations of religion are constructed and constituted. My work builds on the recent revisions of the secularization theory, which demonstrates the alternative and hybrid ways people seek out religion in modernity. To this end, my project examines the emerging popularity and phenomenon of international meditation centers in Thailand, focusing on encounters between international meditation center teachers and their international students. Through participant observation and in-depth interviews at these sites throughout Thailand, my project explores the social processes of religious change and adaptation, and the construction of religious m... (more)
Created Date 2012
Contributor Schedneck, Brooke (Author) / Schober, Juliane (Advisor) / Rush, James (Committee member) / Fessenden, Tracy (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Religion / Modern history / Cultural anthropology / Asian Religions / Hybridity / Meditation / Religion / Spiritual Tourism / Thailand
Type Doctoral Dissertation
Extent 353 pages
Language English
Rights All Rights Reserved
Note Ph.D. Religious Studies 2012
Collaborating Institutions ASU Graduate College / ASU Libraries
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