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    Researching transnational activist lives: Irish Buddhists and the British Empire


    Cox, Laurence (2016) Researching transnational activist lives: Irish Buddhists and the British Empire. Interface : a Journal for and about Social Movements, 8 (2). pp. 171-183. ISSN 2009-2431

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    Abstract

    This research note explores some methodological challenges arising from biographical research on early Irish Buddhists in the colonial period. It briefly situates the role of such figures in relation to Asian anti-colonial movements and highlights the research challenges posed by multiple languages and countries, the variable preservation and digitisation of different kinds of sources, and the polarisation provoked by such figures. Practical solutions include international collaboration, digitisation, and a combination of quasi-philological precision and quasi-ethnographic understanding. The note highlights three relevant findings: a relativisation of the importance of organisations, a greater appreciation of the meanings of failure, and a historical materialist approach to possibility.

    Item Type: Article
    Keywords: biography; social movements; religious movements; organising; internationalism; Buddhist Studies; colonialism; pan-Asian; U Dhammaloka;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > Sociology
    Item ID: 7746
    Depositing User: Dr. Laurence Cox
    Date Deposited: 13 Jan 2017 10:33
    Journal or Publication Title: Interface : a Journal for and about Social Movements
    Publisher: National University of Ireland Maynooth
    Refereed: Yes
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