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Spirituality and Alternativity in Contemporary Japan

Beyond Religion?
  • By Bettina E. Schmidt, Steven Sutcliffe, Ioannis Gaitanidis
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This book critically analyses the creation and effects of spirituality as both discourse and practice in Japan. It shows how the value of spirituality has been sustained by scholars who have wished for a more civic role for religion; by the publishing industry whose exponential growth in the 1980s fashioned those who later identified as the representatives of this "new spirituality culture"; by "spiritual therapists" who have sought to eke out a livelihood in an increasingly professionalized and regulated therapeutic field; and by the cruel optimism of an increasingly precarious workforce placing its hopes in the imagined alternative that the supirichuaru represents.
Ioannis Gaitanidis offers a new transdisciplinary conceptualisation of 'alternativity' that can be applied across and beyond the disciplines of religious studies, media studies, popular culture studies and the anthropology/sociology of medicine.

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    • SKU: 9781350262652
    • Author: Bettina E. Schmidt
    • Author: Steven Sutcliffe
    • ISBN 13: 9781350262652
    • Publication Date: 05/30/2024
    • Format: Paperback
    • Author: Ioannis Gaitanidis

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