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La pagode bouddhiste vietnamienne en France: une institution-lieu de mémoire - Le pouvoir légitime de communiquer la mémoire des exilés (Vietnamese Buddhist Pagoda in France: 'Institution-Place of Memory - Legitimate Power to Communicate the Memory of Exiles)


Jérôme Gidoin


Independent

December 1, 2012

Journal for Communication Studies, Vol. 5, No. 10, 2012

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Le bouddhisme vietnamien s’est implanté et développé en France en partie parce qu’il est parvenu à obtenir le monopole des rites funéraires et des rites de deuil. De nombreuses familles issues de l’exil y trouvent leur intérêt et délèguent leur culte des ancêtres aux moines. En combinant les domaines spirituel, socioculturel, eschatologique et politique, quels que soient les clivages entre les différentes générations, la pagode permet aux familles de recomposer une éthique sociale et familiale dans un contexte social d’acculturation. Elle répond de façon pertinente à la question inhérente au contexte migratoire : comment trouver de nouvelles ressources symboliques hors du Vietnam ? Et ainsi, elle peut mettre en oeuvre une stratégie de communication qui officialise le lien indissociable, en terre d’exil, entre la pagode et la prise en charge de la mémoire des ancêtres exilés.

Vietnamese Buddhism took hold and developed in France partly because it was able to obtain a monopoly on funeral rites and mourning rites. Many exiled families see the interest of this and delegate their ancestor worship to the monks. By combining the spiritual, socio-cultural, eschatological and political domains, and despite whatever generation gaps may exist, the pagoda allows families to reconstruct a social and family ethic in a context of social acculturation. It provides a fitting answer to the question inherent to the migratory context: how to find new symbolic resources outside of Vietnam? And it can thus implement a communication strategy that officialises, in the land of exile, the inextricable link between the pagoda and the assumption of responsibility for the memory of exiled ancestors.

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Keywords: acculturation, ancestor worship, communication strategy, memory, Vietnamese Buddhism

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Date posted: December 26, 2012 ; Last revised: January 7, 2013

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Gidoin, Jérôme, La pagode bouddhiste vietnamienne en France: une institution-lieu de mémoire - Le pouvoir légitime de communiquer la mémoire des exilés (Vietnamese Buddhist Pagoda in France: 'Institution-Place of Memory - Legitimate Power to Communicate the Memory of Exiles) (December 1, 2012). Journal for Communication Studies, Vol. 5, No. 10, 2012. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2193870

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