Transmitting Jainism through U.S. Pāṭhaśāla Temple Education, Part 2: Navigating Non-Jain Contexts, Cultivating Jain-Specific Practices and Social Connections, Analyzing Truth Claims, and Future Directions
Jain women in temple ritual
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Keywords

Jainism
pathshala
Jain education
pedagogy
Jain diaspora
minority
Jains in the United States
intermarriage
pluralism
future of Jainism
second- and third-generation Jains
Young Jains of America
Jain orthodoxy and neo-orthodoxy
Jainism and science
Jain social engagement

How to Cite

Donaldson, B. (2019). Transmitting Jainism through U.S. Pāṭhaśāla Temple Education, Part 2: Navigating Non-Jain Contexts, Cultivating Jain-Specific Practices and Social Connections, Analyzing Truth Claims, and Future Directions. Transnational Asia, 2(1). https://doi.org/10.25613/3etc-mnox

Abstract

In this second of two articles, I offer a summary description of results from a 2017 nationwide survey of Jain students and teachers involved in pāṭha-śāla (hereafter “pathshala”) temple education in the United States. In these two essays, I provide a descriptive overview of the considerable data derived from this 178-question survey, noting trends and themes that emerge therein, in order to provide a broad orientation before narrowing my scope in subsequent analyses. In Part 2, I explore the remaining survey responses related to the following research questions: (1) How does pathshala help students/teachers navigate their social roles and identities?; (2) How does pathshala help students/teachers deal with tensions between Jainism and modernity?; (3) What is the content of pathshala?, and (4) How influential is pathshala for U.S. Jains?

https://doi.org/10.25613/3etc-mnox
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