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Description - Religion and Social Crisis in Japan by Robert Kisala

At the time Aum Shinrikyo emerged, most Japanese assumed that they lived in one of the most well-ordered and safest societies, a model that had much to offer the chaotic Western world. This assumption was shaken on 20 March 1995 when the deadly nerve gas sarin was released on the Tokyo subway system. Since that incident, the 'Aum affair' has had widespread repercussions and shaken the Japanese psyche in a serious way. This volume provides a window onto contemporary Japanese society by considering the various reactions and responses to this crisis precipitated by this deviant religious movement.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780333772690
ISBN-10: 0333772695
Format: Hardback
(216mm x 140mm x 13mm)
Pages: 236
Imprint: Palgrave Macmillan
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Publish Date: 14-May-2001
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Robert Kisala

RICHARD A. GARDNER Associate Professor of Religion, Faculty of Comparative Culture, Sophia University, Tokyo, Japan CHRISTOPHER W. HUGHES Research Fellow, Centre for the Study of Globalisation and Regionalisation, University of Warwick, England MAEKAWA MICHIKO Department of Religious Studies, University of Tokyo and Researcher, Religious Information Centre, Tokyo, Japan MATSUDO YUKIO Lecturer, Institute of Ethnology, University of Heidelberg, Germany SHIMAZONO SUSUMU Professor, Department of Religious Studies, University of Tokyo, Japan WATANABE MANABU Professor and Permanent Fellow, Nanzan Institute for Religion and Culture, Nanzan University, Nagoya, Japan