“Religion” for Society: a transnational history of socially engaged buddhist networks in Thailand
This dissertation traces the transnational and local origins and the historical and intellectual development of a set of Buddhist activist networks in Thailand beginning in the 1960s up to the present. I argue that as a movement beginning in the mid-1960s, socially engaged Buddhism in Thailand emerged as a response to particular historical and political realities and represents a religious response to the upending of older models of society, brought on by the earlier onset of modernity and its resultant societal or structural suffering.
PhD defended at
University of Wisconsin-Madison