The Category of 'Religion' in Contemporary Japan

Shukyo and Temple Buddhism
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ISBN-13:
9783319735696
Einband:
Book
Erscheinungsdatum:
24.05.2018
Seiten:
284
Autor:
Mitsutoshi Horii
Gewicht:
520 g
Format:
216x154x25 mm
Sprache:
Englisch
Beschreibung:

1. Introduction
2. A 'Critical Religion' Approach to Japanese 'Religion(s)'

3. Critical Reflections on the Category 'Religion' in Japan

4. 'Religion' in the Popular Discourse

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

6. The Construction of Shuky ka

7. Life Stories and Identities of Nichiren-shu priests

8. Negotiating with ' Shuky ' in the Context of the 'Religious Corporation'

9. Conclusion
This book critically examines the term 'religion' ( shuky ) as a social category within the sociological context of contemporary Japan. Whereas the nineteenth-century construction of shuky has been critically studied by many, the same critical approach has not been extended to the contemporary context of the Japanese-language discourse on shuky and Temple Buddhism. This work aims to unveil the norms and imperatives which govern the utilization of the term shuky 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.