Buddhist Nuns and Gendered Practice: In Search of the Female Renunciant

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Oxford University Press, 17.09.2013 - 288 Seiten
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Based on extensive research in Sri Lanka and interviews with Theravada and Tibetan nuns from around the world, Salgado's groundbreaking study urges a rethinking of female renunciation. How are scholarly accounts complicit in reinscribing imperialist stories about the subjectivity of Buddhist women? How do key Buddhist "concepts" such as dukkha, samsara, and sila ground female renunciant practice? Salgado's provocative analysis questions the secular notion of the higher ordination of nuns as a political movement for freedom against patriarchal norms. Arguing that the lives of nuns defy translation into a politics of global sisterhood equal before law, she calls for more-nuanced readings of nuns' everyday renunciant practices.
 

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Buddhist Nuns and Gendered Practice
1
Narration
19
Identity
101
Empowerment
183
Notes
235
Works Cited
277
Index
297
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Über den Autor (2013)

Nirmala S. Salgado (MA, SOAS, University of London; PhD, Northwestern University) has published widely on Buddhist nuns. She teaches religion to undergraduates at Augustana College, Rock Island, Illinois.

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