Dr. Manuel Litalien
Areas of Specialization:
Comparative politics, development, welfare regimes and religion in Southeast Asia, transnational religious movements, democracy, social policy, nationalism, identity politics, gender, ethnicity and governance
Cultural politics, religious diversity in Southeast Asia, geopolitics of Buddhism, health, education, the elderly, families, violence, poverty alleviation, social inequalities, disaster relief, moral economy
Current & Future Research:
Completing an article on socially-engaged Buddhism and the transnational networks of Buddhist nuns (bhikkhunis). Collaborating on a project examining the influence of spirituality on health perception and health outcomes amongst African and Southeast Asian immigrant communities in Ontario.
Litalien, Manuel. 2016. La philanthropie religieuse en tant que nouveau capital démocratique: développement social et régime providentiel en Thaïlande. Québec: Presses de l’Université Laval.
Litalien, Manuel. 2017 (forthcoming). “Social Inequalities and the Promotion of Women in Buddhism in Thailand.” Journal of Buddhist Ethics.
Chapters in Edited Books
Litalien, Manuel. 2016. “Establishing a Buddhist Economy in Thailand: Competing Perspectives on Moral Economy in State and Society.” In The Moral Economies of Ethnic and Nationalist Claims, edited by Bruce J. Berman, André Laliberté, and Stephen J. Larin, 163-95. Vancouver: UBC Press.
Litalien, Manuel. 2013. “Changing State Monopoly on Religion and Secular Views in Thailand.” In Secular States and Religious Diversity, edited by Bruce J. Berman, Rajeev Barghava, and André Laliberté, 232-64. Vancouver: UBC Press.
Laliberté, André, and Manuel Litalien. 2010. “The Tzu Chi Merit Society from Taiwan to China via Canada.” In Wild Geese: New Studies of Buddhism in Canada, edited by Victor Sōgen Hori, John S. Harding, and Alexander Soucy, 350-85. Montréal: McGill-Queen's University Press.