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The Category of ‘Religion’ in Contemporary Japan

Shūkyō and Temple Buddhism

Authors: Horii, Mitsutoshi

  • Provides an intervention and provocation to sociologists who apply the term 'religion' to countries and cultures such as Japan
    Covers historical, cultural and sociological issues
    Avoids previously essentialist and Eurocentric projections of the concept of religion

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About this book

This book critically examines the term ‘religion’ (shūkyō) as a social category within the sociological context of contemporary Japan. Whereas the nineteenth-century construction of shūkyō has been critically studied by many, the same critical approach has not been extended to the contemporary context of the Japanese-language discourse on shūkyō and Temple Buddhism. This work aims to unveil the norms and imperatives which govern the utilization of the term shūkyō in the specific context of modern day Japan, with a particular focus upon Temple Buddhism. The author draws on a number of popular publications in Japanese, many of which have been written by Buddhist priests. In addition, the book offers rich interview material from conversations with Buddhist priests.

Readers will gain insights into the critical deconstruction, the historicization, and the study of social classification system of ‘religion’, in terms of its cross-cultural application to the contemporary Japanese context. The book will be of interest to students and scholars across a range of disciplines including Japanese Studies, Buddhology, Religious Studies, Social Anthropology, and Sociology. 

About the authors

Mitsutoshi Horii is Professor, Shumei University, Japan and Shumei Representative, Chaucer College, UK. 

Table of contents (9 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Horii, Mitsutoshi

    Pages 1-22

  • A ‘Critical Religion’ Approach to Japanese ‘Religion(s)’

    Horii, Mitsutoshi

    Pages 23-51

  • Critical Reflections on the Category ‘Religion’ in Japan

    Horii, Mitsutoshi

    Pages 53-85

  • ‘Religion’ in the Popular Discourse

    Horii, Mitsutoshi

    Pages 87-122

  • Temple Buddhism and the Japanese Social Classification: A Brief Historical Overview

    Horii, Mitsutoshi

    Pages 123-144

Buy this book

eBook £62.99
price for United Kingdom (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-73570-2
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover £79.00
price for United Kingdom (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-73569-6
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Category of ‘Religion’ in Contemporary Japan
Book Subtitle
Shūkyō and Temple Buddhism
Authors
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-73570-2
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-73570-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-73569-6
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 284
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