Angels and the dragon king's daughter: gender, sexuality in Western Buddhist new religious movements

Munt, Sally R and Smith, Sharon E (2010) Angels and the dragon king's daughter: gender, sexuality in Western Buddhist new religious movements. Theology and Sexuality, 16 (3). pp. 229-258. ISSN 1355-8358

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Abstract

Through colonialism and globalization, Buddhism has developed an increasing profile in the West. This can be observed within popular culture as well as the presence of Buddhist practitioners from a range of ethnicities of whom a significant number are converts. This presence has led to the development of Buddhist new religious movements (NRMs). We first outline interpretations of gender and sexuality that have arisen within Buddhist traditions. Then, using Linda Woodhead’s (2007) model that theorises religion’s positioning with respect to gender, we discuss gender norms that have developed for two of the largest Buddhist NRMs in the UK: the Triratna Buddhist Community (TBC, formerly the Friends of the Western Buddhist Order, FWBO) and the Nichiren group Sōka-Gakkai International-UK (SGI -UK). Through examining new empirical data, we explore how their gender norms are negotiated by members. We note that within these movements, women, queer people and people of colour are creating provisional spaces that challenge attempts to hegemonize hetero- patriarchal perspectives.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Media, Film and Music > Media and Film
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BQ Buddhism
H Social Sciences > HQ The Family. Marriage. Women > HQ0012 Sexual life > HQ0019 Sexual behaviour and attitudes. Sexuality
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
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Depositing User: Library Cataloguing
Date Deposited: 21 May 2012 11:38
Last Modified: 06 Mar 2017 18:59
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/39377

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