@agleig So, a lot of it comes down to framing of topics, it would seem. You and @LangenbergAmy are able to collaborate across vast times (and therefore use different methods) because your topic isn't "such-and-such text" or "such-and-such group," but a broader theme: sexual misconduct.
@agleig @LangenbergAmy For some, this sort of project seems semi-legit and squishy since it isn't deep, deep investigation of a singular text/site (the bread-and-butter of Buddhist Studies, historically-speaking). For others, it's a breath of fresh air because otherwise these topics never get addressed
@agleig @LangenbergAmy Another thing to note: all 3 mentioned texts are in a corrective mode. Gleig: how are American convert sanghas dealing with racism etc right now. Wilson: how has ritual been overlooked by American Buddhologists. Nelson: how is Japanese Buddhism reinventing itself in real time.
@agleig @LangenbergAmy Their pushback impetus compels them to use mixed methods, reaching for whatever helps get at the overriding concern (rather than the concern being this text, that group, etc).

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