Michael Dickhardt is a Senior Researcher at the research network “Dynamics of Religion in Southeast Asia”, Georg-August-University Göttingen. His current research is focused on the entanglement of religion and modernity in religious places of the Ancient Quarter of Hanoi, Vietnam.
Andrea Lauser is Professor of Anthropology in the Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology, Georg-August-University Göttingen. Her doctoral and post-doctoral research has focused on Southeast Asia, with a special focus on power, gender, and generation among the Mangyan of Mindoro, the Philippines, and on Filipino transnational marriage migration. From 2011 to 2015 she was the spokesperson for the research network on the dynamics of religion in Southeast Asia (www.dorisea.net). She co-edited the recent volume Engaging the Spirit World. Popular Beliefs and Practices in Modern Southeast Asia Oxford, New York (2011).
The book is targeted at all disciplines active in the field of South East Asian Studies and Asian Studies, and in particular anthropology, sociology, religious studies, history and political sciences. Furthermore, the book is of great interest to scholars working in the fields of modernization theory, sociological theory, cultural theory and theory of space and place.
Table of contents
Preface and Acknowledgements vii
List of Figures and Tables ix
About the Authors xi
1 Religion, Place and Modernity in Southeast and East Asia: Reflections on the Spatial Articulation of Religion with Modernity 1
Part 1: Spatialization of Concepts and Agendas of Modernization
2 Civilization, Progress, and the ‘Foul Stench of Religion’: The Concepts of ‘Religion’ and ‘Superstition’ in the Politics of Modern East Asia 37
3 Religious Pluralism as a Modern Political Project: The Relevance of Space in Contemporary India, Indonesia, and Singapore 69
4 Religious Place Making: Civilized Modernity and the Spread of Buddhism among the Cheng, a Mon-Khmer Minority in Southern Laos 95
5 Constructing Modern Zen Spaces in Vietnam 125
Part 2: Sacralization of Places and Spaces in Contexts of Modern Pluralism and Fragmentations
6 Pilgrimage between Religious Resurgence, Cultural Nationalism and Touristic Heritage in Contemporary Vietnam 149
7 Religious Praxis, Modernity and Non-modernity in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 184
8 In Search of Holy Water: Hindu Pilgrimage to Gunung Rinjani on Lombok, Indonesia, as a Multi-religious Site 205
Part 3: Giving Space to Religion within Spaces of Modernity
9 New Routes for the Venerable Ancestor: A Growth Triangle, the Border, and an Emergent Sacred Landscape in the Thai-Malay Borderland 247
10 Vision and Religious Space under Transformation in the Perception of the Nineteenth-century Siamese Elites 270
11 The ‘Ghost Room’: Space, Death and Ritual in Vietnam 290
12 Where to Die in Hong Kong?: Death Management and the Politics of Death Space in Hong Kong 312
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