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Attracting the HeartSocial Relations and the Aesthetics of Emotion in Sri Lankan Monastic Culture$
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Jeffrey Samuels

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780824833855

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824833855.001.0001

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Aesthetic-Affective Social Networks and Monastic Recruitment

Aesthetic-Affective Social Networks and Monastic Recruitment

(p.43) 3 Aesthetic-Affective Social Networks and Monastic Recruitment
Attracting the Heart

Jeffrey Samuels

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter focuses on the role of social networks in monastic recruitment. Examining the role that lay temple advocates and parents of Buddhist novices play in guiding potential recruits to certain temples, it posits that monastic recruitment should not be understood solely in terms of an individual's or family's desire for upward mobility. Instead, interpreting the manner in which parents and children describe the recruitment process using several sociological theories of recruitment, the chapter argues that, along with the promise of a good education and greater financial security, monastic recruitment is driven by a range of aesthetic-affective-social factors that extend well beyond the needs and wants of a single individual or family. Finally, in exploring the social and emotive dimensions of monastic recruitment, the degree to which people's articulated appraisal of monks and temples shape local conceptions of ideal Buddhist institutions and monastic leaders are assessed.

Keywords:   monastic recruitment, social networks, Buddhist monks, Buddhism, aesthetics, affective, social factors

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