Young Buddhists in Australia

Negotiating transnational flows

Authored by: Kim Lam

Routledge International Handbook of Religion in Global Society

Print publication date:  November  2020
Online publication date:  November  2020

Print ISBN: 9781138182509
eBook ISBN: 9781315646435
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This chapter outlines the literature on transnational flows of religion and mobile religion, and investigates how these processes play out in a microstudy of young Australian Buddhist practitioners negotiating flows of religion between Australia, Asia, and beyond. Adopting a ‘lived religion’ approach, it explores how participants address racializing discourses that construct Buddhism as an ‘Asian’ religion. It suggests that while globalization and transnational flows of religion exacerbate racial and religious tensions between Australia and Asia, more cosmopolitan dispositions also emerge due to the intensification of such flows.

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