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Title: 'Hinduism' and 'Taoism' in Singapore: Seeing points of convergence
Authors: Sinha, V. 
Issue Date: Feb-2008
Citation: Sinha, V. (2008-02). 'Hinduism' and 'Taoism' in Singapore: Seeing points of convergence. Journal of Southeast Asian Studies 39 (1) : 123-147. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: The paper begins by documenting the meanings the labels 'Hinduism' and 'Taoism' carry locally and highlights the complexities and ambiguities in discussions that invoke them. I then present data which demonstrate significant points of convergence between these two religious traditions, viewed as 'ethnic religions' and asserted to be 'different' in the Singaporean context. The turn to the organisational domain is instructive in revealing how 'Hindu' and 'Taoist' institutions have talked about their respective religions in the public sphere. This focus allows me to highlight overlaps in the two sets of discourses, to ask why these affinities should exist and to reflect on the sociological implications of such a phenomenon. © 2008 The National University of Singapore.
Source Title: Journal of Southeast Asian Studies
ISSN: 00224634
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