Little Buddhas: Children and Childhoods in Buddhist Texts and Traditions (AAR Religion, Culture, and History)

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Consideration of children in the academic field of Religious Studies is taking root, but Buddhist Studies has yet to take notice. Little Buddhas brings together a wide range of scholarship and expertise to address the question of what role children have played in Buddhist literature, in particular historical contexts, and what role they continue to play in specific Buddhist contexts today. The volume is divided into two parts, one addressing the representation of children in Buddhist texts, the other children and childhoods in Buddhist cultures around the world. The ground-breaking contributions in this volume challenge the perception of irreconcilable differences between Buddhist idealism and family ties. Little Buddhas will be an indispensable resource for students and scholars of Buddhism and Childhood Studies, and a catalyst for further research on the topic.

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Vanessa R. Sasson is Professor of Religious Studies at Marianopolis College.

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"Vanessa Sasson's Little Buddhas is a brilliant and engaging work in an emerging area of study: Buddhism and childhood studies. Written by leading scholars, the nineteen articles here explore ideas about childhood, textual representations of children, together with the actual lives of children throughout the history and diversity of Buddhist traditions. This volume challenges common assumptions about Buddhism in provocative ways, and should be a classic for years to come." --Carol S. Anderson, Professor and Chair of the Department of Religion, Kalamazoo College


"Overall, Little Buddhas is a groundbreaking collection full of well-written, well-researched, and thoughtfully organized pieces, with a nice balance between the general and the specific. It further solidifies the trend toward a dense social history of Buddhist traditions and is well suited for undergraduate, graduate, and scholarly audiences. It should remain essential reading for scholars of Buddhism and childhood studies for many years to come." --Journal of the History of Childhood and Youth


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