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    Rethinking Early Western Buddhists: Beachcomers, 'Going Native' and Dissident Orientalism

    Cox, Laurence (2013) Rethinking Early Western Buddhists: Beachcomers, 'Going Native' and Dissident Orientalism. Contemporary Buddhism: An Interdisciplinary Journal, 14 (1). pp. 116-133. ISSN 1463-9947

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    Recent research on the life of U Dhammaloka and other early western Buddhists in Asia has interesting implications in relation to class, ethnicity and politics. ‘Beachcomber Buddhists’ highlight the wider situation of ‘poor whites’ in Asia—needed by empire but prone to defect from elite standards of behaviour designed to maintain imperial and racial power. ‘Going native’, exemplified by the European bhikkhu, highlights the difficulties faced by empire in policing these racial boundaries and the role of Asian agency in early ‘western’ Buddhism. Finally, such ‘dissident Orientalism’ has political implications, as with specifically Irish forms of solidarity with Asian anti-colonial movements. Within the limits imposed by the data, this article rethinks ‘early western Buddhism’ in Asia as a creative response to colonialism, shaped by Asian actors, marked by cross-racial solidarity and oriented to alternative possible futures beyond empire.

    Item Type: Article
    Additional Information: This is the preprint version of the original published article, which is available at DOI:10.1080/14639947.2013.785242
    Keywords: Early Western Buddhists; Orientalism; U Dhammaloka; colonialism; class; ethnicity; politics;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > Sociology
    Item ID: 4403
    Depositing User: Dr. Laurence Cox
    Date Deposited: 02 Jul 2013 15:12
    Journal or Publication Title: Contemporary Buddhism: An Interdisciplinary Journal
    Publisher: Taylor & Francis
    Refereed: No
    Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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