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This front matter section of the book North American Buddhists in Social Context contains the table of contents and preface. The book marks an important milestone in the growing literature on North American Buddhists - the first multi-author collection of social scientific scholarship on the topic. It examines the current state of research and key aspects of Buddhist life and experience in social context, including group identity and status, religious practices, organizational structures, generational dynamics, relations with non-Buddhist groups and the larger society, and migratory and adaptive processes.

Keywords: group identity; North American Buddhists; organizational structures; religious practices; social context



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