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Identity

Michael K. Jerryson

in Buddhist Fury

Published in print July 2011 | ISBN: 9780199793235
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199897438 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199793235.003.0006
Identity

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This chapter examines the fifth religious dimension to the conflict in southern Thailand, identity. U.S. scholarship of Thailand has traditionally neglected the role of race and its interplay with ethnicity and religion. This problematic lens obfuscates perspectives on the social system in Thailand, particularly in understanding the violence in southern Thailand. The chapter traces the genesis of racially charged terms from South Asia to Thailand. These racial terms greatly influence the politics of citizenship. For many in Thailand, to be Thai is synonymous with being Buddhist. It is through this framework that Thai Malay Muslims are alienated from Thai society on two levels: ethnicity and religion. This structural form of violence is a global phenomenon. It drives the religious tensions in the three southernmost provinces as well as the other countries such as India, Israel, and Brazil.

Keywords: identity; race; ethnicity; structural violence; global; Israel; India; Brazil

Chapter.  15207 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Buddhism

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