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Merit-making activities and the latent ideal of the buddhist wat in southwestern Cambodia

Verdienstvolle Aktivitäten und das latente Ideal des buddhistischen Wat in Südwest-Kambodscha
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O'Lemmon, Matthew

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Abstract "The divergent experiences surrounding merit-making acts represent the distinct backgrounds of individuals and communities that have emerged in postwar Cambodia. This article examines merit-making activities in two Buddhist temples in southwestern Cambodia and the influence of political patronage on temple-community relationships. This influence elicits images of a latent ideal of the Buddhist monastery that are used by local communities to form a social critique both of such political involvement within temples and of the destabilising effect it has on local people's merit-making activities. This ideal also reflected the political economies and social networks created within the temples that comprised two different models of patronage and means of accessing resources." (author's abstract)
Keywords Buddhism; Cambodia; convent; Southeast Asia; developing country; Asia
Classification Sociology of Developing Countries, Developmental Sociology; Sociology of Religion
Document language English
Publication Year 2014
Page/Pages p. 27-57
Journal Journal of Current Southeast Asian Affairs, 33 (2014) 2
ISSN 1868-1034
Status Published Version; peer reviewed
Licence Creative Commons - Attribution-NoDerivs