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This book is a comparative macrosociological study of the interaction between religious virtuosi and society in two civilizations: traditional Theravada Buddhism and Medieval Catholicism. Merging Weberian sociology with the Maussian tradition of gift-analysis, and criticizing the neglect of meaning in current comparative historical sociology, the author also argues the need for a multidimensional approach capable of addressing the part played by religious orientations in shaping the institutional strength and ideological power of religious elites in the historical framework of the Great Traditions.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780521021371
ISBN-10: 0521021375
Format: Paperback
(228mm x 152mm x 15mm)
Pages: 264
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 20-Oct-2005
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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