Laurence Cox

Dr Laurence Cox is at the Department of Sociology at Maynooth University. He is interested in social movements and in particular, the sub-field of Buddhist studies. He is a co-founder of the practitioner-oriented journal Interface and co-chair the Council for European Studies’ social movements research network.

His main field of research is in Buddhist Studies, He co-founded the Irish Society for the Academic Study of Religion (ISASR) and co-organised Ireland’s first academic conference on new religious movements and ISASR’s second conference. He has twice guest-edited the journal Contemporary Buddhism. He is author of We make our own history: Marxism and social movements in the twilight of neoliberalism (with Alf Gunvald Nilsen) and Buddhism and Ireland: from the Celts to the counter culture and beyond, and co-editor of A Buddhist crossroads: pioneer western Buddhists and Asian networks 1860-1960.


Contributions by Laurence Cox


Encounters Between Buddhism and the West

In this story is a continuation of "dissident orientalism", a conflict inherent within the colonial project wherein communities and personal trajectories become embedded within local religious contexts. A distinction made, both in Ireland and Burma, between native religion and the religion of the coloniser serves ...