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Buddhismens Baksida - En fallstudie över Buddhistisk nationalism i Burma och Thailand

Isaksson, Arvid LU (2015) STVK02 20151
Department of Political Science
Abstract
Recent years has seen an increase in the support for the radical right all over Europe, Sweden not excluded. The debate has ranged from the dangers of islamization, to the slightly more philosophic question as to who is to be part of the nation. However, at the other side of the world, another form of nationalism, one seldom discussed, is seemingly growing in strength and consequences – the Buddhist nationalism of Southeast Asia.
The following study is a case study set at exploring the Buddhist nationalism in Burma and Thailand, with the ambition to map out the phenomenon and explain its allure and its often violent effects. History, politics and culture have been analysed with nationalist theory and the concept of ontological security,... (More)
Recent years has seen an increase in the support for the radical right all over Europe, Sweden not excluded. The debate has ranged from the dangers of islamization, to the slightly more philosophic question as to who is to be part of the nation. However, at the other side of the world, another form of nationalism, one seldom discussed, is seemingly growing in strength and consequences – the Buddhist nationalism of Southeast Asia.
The following study is a case study set at exploring the Buddhist nationalism in Burma and Thailand, with the ambition to map out the phenomenon and explain its allure and its often violent effects. History, politics and culture have been analysed with nationalist theory and the concept of ontological security, leading to the findings that Buddhism has become wholeheartedly incorporated in the notion of the nation itself. The fear of loosing the one thing stable in society, Buddhism, in combination with the authorities use of minorities as scapegoats for the problems in the countries, has led to clashes between the majority Buddhist populations and the minority groups of different faith and culture. (Less)
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author
Isaksson, Arvid LU
supervisor
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course
STVK02 20151
year
type
M2 - Bachelor Degree
subject
keywords
Culture, Violence, Religious Nationalism, Ontological Security, Rohingya, Buddhism, Nationalism, Thailand, Myanmar, Burma
language
Swedish
id
7758801
date added to LUP
2015-09-09 16:30:11
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2015-09-09 16:30:11
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  abstract     = {Recent years has seen an increase in the support for the radical right all over Europe, Sweden not excluded. The debate has ranged from the dangers of islamization, to the slightly more philosophic question as to who is to be part of the nation. However, at the other side of the world, another form of nationalism, one seldom discussed, is seemingly growing in strength and consequences – the Buddhist nationalism of Southeast Asia.
The following study is a case study set at exploring the Buddhist nationalism in Burma and Thailand, with the ambition to map out the phenomenon and explain its allure and its often violent effects. History, politics and culture have been analysed with nationalist theory and the concept of ontological security, leading to the findings that Buddhism has become wholeheartedly incorporated in the notion of the nation itself. The fear of loosing the one thing stable in society, Buddhism, in combination with the authorities use of minorities as scapegoats for the problems in the countries, has led to clashes between the majority Buddhist populations and the minority groups of different faith and culture.},
  author       = {Isaksson, Arvid},
  keyword      = {Culture,Violence,Religious Nationalism,Ontological Security,Rohingya,Buddhism,Nationalism,Thailand,Myanmar,Burma},
  language     = {swe},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Buddhismens Baksida - En fallstudie över Buddhistisk nationalism i Burma och Thailand},
  year         = {2015},
}