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Handbook of Religion and the Asian CityAspiration and Urbanization in the Twenty-First Century$
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Peter van der Veer

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780520281226

Published to University Press Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520281226.001.0001

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Urban Buddhism in the Thai Postmetropolis

Urban Buddhism in the Thai Postmetropolis

(p.219) 12 Urban Buddhism in the Thai Postmetropolis
Handbook of Religion and the Asian City

James Taylor

University of California Press

This chapter examines how Buddhist practices in Thailand articulate a present moment and hint at possible futures. In particular, it considers Bangkok's religious space, a product of the new varieties of Buddhism engendered in the Thai metropolis, as a pastiche of relations and intersections that challenge religious authority and tradition. The chapter first discusses urban religious experience in the Thai context, religious modernity, and the religiosity of urban space. It argues that, secularization aside, there has been a recent resurgence of interest in sacred space in Bangkok. It also explores new identities as a product of urbanization interconnected with social geographies of transnational capital and world interstate relations.

Keywords:   religious space, Thailand, Buddhism, metropolis, religious modernity, religiosity, urban space, sacred space, Bangkok, urbanization

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