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- NYU Press 2015; US$ 17.00
Scholars have widely acknowledged thepersistent ambivalence with which the Japanese religious traditions treatwomen. Much existing scholarship depicts Japan?s religious traditions as meremeans of oppression. But this view raises a question: How have ambivalent andeven misogynistic religious discourses on gender still come to inspire devotionand emulation... more...
- Taylor and Francis 2015; US$ 54.95
The Japanese Middle Ages were a period when forms of secrecy dominated religious practice. This fascinating collection traces out the secret characteristics and practices in Japanese religion, as well as analyzing the decline of religious esotericism in Japan. The essays in this impressive work refer to Esoteric Buddhism as the core of Japan?s "culture... more...
- Princeton University Press 2015; US$ 37.50 US$ 30.00
Rodney Stark's provocative new book argues that, whether we like it or not, people acting for the glory of God have formed our modern culture. Continuing his project of identifying the widespread consequences of monotheism, Stark shows that the Christian conception of God resulted--almost inevitably and for the same reasons--in the Protestant Reformation,... more...
- De Gruyter 2014; US$ 98.00
It is no longer possible to regard the heterogeneous disciplines of theology in terms of a unitary and dominant thematic dictum. Nevertheless, a common perspective is essential if theological research and studies are to develop an integrated body of knowledge rather than disparate islands of understanding. Using a critical application... more...
- Springer Japan 2013; US$ 129.00
Written by one of Japan?s most celebrated cultural geographers, this book explores the function of religion in the country?s communities, revealing how diverse forms of reverence, from tree worship to Shintoism, are intimately related to context and location. more...
- Taylor and Francis 2013; US$ 44.95
The study of pilgrimage often centres itself around miracles and spontaneous populist activities. While some of these activities and stories may play an important role in the emergence of potential pilgrimage sites and in helping create wider interest in them, this book demonstrates that the dynamics of the marketplace, including marketing and promotional... more...
- Taylor and Francis 2013; US$ 54.95
Japan is one of the most urbanised and industrialised countries in the world. Yet the Japanese continue to practise a variety of religious rituals and ceremonies despite the high-tech, highly regimented nature of Japanese society. Ceremony and Ritual in Japan focuses on the traditional and religious aspects of Japanese society from an anthropological... more...
- Taylor and Francis 2012; US$ 54.95
This classic work, long out of print, was the first detailed study of modern Shinto, the religion of Japan, in both its state and sect forms, and is of particular interest for its account of the evolution of Shinto into a vital political force in the period leading up to World War II. After describing the early and medieval forms of Shinto, Holtom... more...
- Taylor and Francis 2012; US$ 54.95
Presenting a study of politics at grassroots level among young Japanese, this book examines the alliance between the religious movement Soka Gakkai (the ?Value-creation Society?) and Komeito (the ?Clean Government Party?), which shared power with the Liberal Democratic Party from 1999 to 2009. Drawing on primary research carried out among Komeito... more...