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Asian Studies Seminar Series : The Religious Entrepreneurship of Humanistic Buddhism Theo Stapleton Other events...
The Religious Entrepreneurship of Humanistic Buddhism

This dissertation explores the concept of religious entrepreneurship in the context of the Humanistic Buddhist movement. Religious entrepreneurship as a theoretical framework facilitates a focus on the production of religious capital by Humanistic Buddhists, which has seen it become one of the most important influences in Han Buddhism over the last century. I outline three generations of religious entrepreneurship within this tradition, beginning with the early reformers of Taixu and Yinshun and then highlighting the Taiwanese Humanistic Buddhist organisations, who adopted corporate structures and developed a new style of congregational Buddhism in the second half of the 20th century. Lastly I discuss the third generation of religious entrepreneurship, which centres around the case study for this dissertation: the Stonefrog Foundation. I argue that the Stonefrog Foundation is finding new ways to generate religious capital, which has allowed it to succeed where previous Humanistic Buddhists failed, in the transnational religious marketplace.

Illness in culture: the social construction of mental disorders in Korea and China

This project aims to analyse how mental illness is socially constructed and culturally constituted in Korea and China. Adopting social constructionism as its theoretical framework, this project argues that mental illness is embedded within cultural discourses that give meaning to and shape the way society responds to individuals who experience that illness. The conventional psychiatric knowledge does not come from the nature of the condition but is developed within a particular sociocultural context. Moreover, the concept of mental illness is produced to facilitate the exercise of power. Much of the existing scholarship has tended to focus on Western cultures, whereas little work has been done on the social construction of mental illness in Asian culture. Through an analysis of Korean and Chinese cultural beliefs in relation to mental illness, this project shows how some discourses are produced to govern and regulate people’s knowledge of mental illness in Korea and China.
Speaker(s) Shu Zhu and Theo Stapleton
Location Seminar room G.25, Social Sciences North
Contact Nicola Fraschini <[email protected]>
Start Fri, 03 May 2019 11:00
End Fri, 03 May 2019 12:00
Submitted by Karen Eichorn <[email protected]>
Last Updated Mon, 29 Apr 2019 09:50
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