Understanding the Young Buddhists

Living Out Ethical Journeys

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Sarah-Jane Page, Andrew Kam-Tuck Yip
International Studies in Religion and Society
Review coming soon!

Review by Markiske Westendorp forthcoming.


There is currently an acute lack of scholarly engagement with Buddhism and youth. Based on ground-breaking empirical research, Understanding Young Buddhists: Living out Ethical Journeys explores the stories of young Buddhists, through a rich analysis of their lived experiences. Page and Yip explore their journeying into Buddhism, their Buddhist belief and practice, their management of sexuality, and their social positioning in relation to family and kin, friendship networks, youth culture, and occupational aspirations. Using lived religion as a theoretical lens, and bringing into dialogue research on Buddhism and youth, Understanding Young Buddhists convincingly demonstrates the resourcefulness and creativity of young Buddhists in developing ethics for life, as they negotiate the diverse challenges and opportunities in their journeys of life.

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

Sarah-Jane Page is lecturer in sociology at Aston University. She has published extensively on religion in relation to gender and sexuality, in journals and edited collections. She co-wrote the monograph, Religious & Sexual Identities: A Multi-faith Exploration of Young Adults (Ashgate, 2013).

Andrew Kam-Tuck Yip is professor of sociology at University of Nottingham. He has published numerous monographs, edited volumes, and journal articles on religion and sexuality, including the co-authored Cosmopolitan Dharma: Race, Sexuality, and Gender in British Buddhism (Brill, 2016).


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