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Chapter 15: When it Gets Crowded under the Umbrella: An Examination of Scholarly Categorization of Buddhist Communities in the United States


 
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1. Title Title of document Chapter 15: When it Gets Crowded under the Umbrella: An Examination of Scholarly Categorization of Buddhist Communities in the United States - The Insider/Outsider Debate
 
2. Creator Author's name, affiliation, country Claire Skriletz; Independent Scholar;
 
3. Subject Discipline(s) Religious Studies
 
4. Subject Keyword(s) Buddhist communities; methodology for researching communities; researching Buddhist communities
 
5. Subject Subject classification Religious education; religion and culture; applied religious studies; ethnography
 
6. Description Abstract This essay critiques the existing binary categories applied to Buddhist communities in the United States, those of ethnic and convert. First, a short evaluation of the term ethnic is offered, followed by an in-depth analysis of the prevalent models of categorization in use by scholars of Religious Studies and Buddhist Studies. As a result of the shortcomings of the available models, this essay offers a new model for researching and writing about Buddhist communities in the U.S., culturally-informed Buddhisms. The goals of the culturally-informed Buddhisms model are: first, to create an adaptable and specific methodology and terminology for scholars to use when researching communities; second, an approach which accounts for change over time and space; third, to seek an end to the essentialised scholarly assumptions regarding the ethnic and racial heritages of community members; and finally, to re-orient the discussion to a nuanced accounting of the various cultural strands that have influenced and shaped the diverse Buddhist communities thriving in the United States. These goals in turn question the notion of a monolithic, homogeneous ‘Buddhism,’ which is reflected in the author’s use of Buddhisms.













 
7. Publisher Organizing agency, location Equinox Publishing Ltd
 
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9. Date (YYYY-MM-DD) 15-Oct-2019
 
10. Type Status & genre Peer-reviewed Article
 
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12. Format File format PDF
 
13. Identifier Uniform Resource Identifier https://journals.equinoxpub.com/books/article/view/27456
 
14. Identifier Digital Object Identifier 10.1558/equinox.27456
 
15. Source Journal/conference title; vol., no. (year) Equinox eBooks Publishing; The Insider/Outsider Debate
 
16. Language English=en en
 
18. Coverage Geo-spatial location, chronological period, research sample (gender, age, etc.) USA,
contemporary
 
19. Rights Copyright and permissions Copyright 2014 Equinox Publishing Ltd