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The authorization of religio-political discourse: monks and Buddhist activism in contemporary Myanmar and beyond

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Through the example of contemporary Buddhist nationalist groups in Myanmar, this article draws attention to the cultural authorization of religio-political discourse. The symbolic power of a monk's pronouncements is amplified because of the cultural reverence attached to his vocation as a Buddhist monk, even without doctrinal references or ritual practices. A monk’s cultural position within Burmese Buddhism particularly strengthens his authority when he frames his preaching and actions as a d...

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Published
Peer review status:
Peer reviewed

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10.1017/S1755048316000559

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
SSD
Department:
Politics & Int Relations
Role:
Author
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Journal:
Politics and Religion More from this journal
Volume:
9
Issue:
4
Pages:
794-814
Publication date:
2016-07-27
Acceptance date:
2016-06-07
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EISSN:
1755-0491
ISSN:
1755-0483
Pubs id:
pubs:627864
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uuid:620e2a15-1087-45b4-bd5a-257656dda02c
Local pid:
pubs:627864
Source identifiers:
627864
Deposit date:
2016-06-14

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