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Hardacre, Helen 1949-

Works: 33 works in 168 publications in 2 languages and 7,878 library holdings
Genres: History  Conference papers and proceedings  Encyclopedias 
Roles: Author, Editor, Other, Honoree
Classifications: BL2223.S8, 322.1
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Most widely held works about Helen Hardacre
Most widely held works by Helen Hardacre
Shintō and the state, 1868-1988 by Helen Hardacre( Book )

16 editions published between 1989 and 1995 in English and Chinese and held by 834 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Explores church/state question in Japan. Focuses on the ordinary people whose lives are affected by the ongoing struggle of the Japanese to define their national character and policy
Kurozumikyō and the new religions of Japan by Helen Hardacre( Book )

19 editions published between 1985 and 1992 in English and held by 593 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Lay Buddhism in contemporary Japan : Reiyūkai Kyōdan by Helen Hardacre( Book )

18 editions published between 1983 and 2016 in English and Undetermined and held by 536 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Basing her book on four years of field work (including interviews, a survey of 2,000 Reiyukai members, and eight months of residence with believers), she analyzes Reiyukai ancestor worship and veneration of the Lotus Sutra. She explains the enduring appeal of a religion, founded in 1919, that dedicates itself to the spread of true Buddhism" and that retains its core intact, in spite of a number of schisms.Originally published in 1984.The Princeton Legacy Library uses the latest print-on-demand technology to again make available previously out-of-print books from the distinguished backlist of Princeton University Press. These paperback editions preserve the original texts of these important books while presenting them in durable paperback editions. The goal of the Princeton Legacy Library is to vastly increase access to the rich scholarly heritage found in the thousands of books published by Princeton University Press since its founding in 1905
Maitreya, the future Buddha by Alan Sponberg( Book )

14 editions published between 1988 and 2010 in English and held by 463 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Originally published in 1988, this book is a multidisciplinary and cross-cultural study of the legend that has evolved around the figure of Maitreya, which followers of the Buddha Siddhārtha Gautama had agreed would be the future Buddha, and the substantial influence of this legend on Buddhist culture. Arising out of an international conference held at Princeton University, this collection of twelve essays by specialists in textual studies, art history and cultural anthropology examines the origins of the Maitreya tradition in South Asia as well as a variety of culturally specific expressions of the tradition as it developed in China, Korea, Vietnam and Japan. The essays explore the various expectations Buddhist practitioners have had of Maitreya and examine the iconographic and ritualistic symbols associated with this messianic and millenarian figure. Several essays also examine the controversy regarding circumstances under which the figure has sometimes taken on apocalyptic and eschatological characteristics."--Publisher description
Marketing the menacing fetus in Japan by Helen Hardacre( Book )

13 editions published between 1988 and 1999 in English and held by 451 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Abortion has been practiced throughout Japanese history and, since its postwar legalization, has come to be widely accepted. Its legal status is not under attack. Contemporary religious groups do not mobilize against it, nor do political parties compose their platforms around the issue. Yet in the 1970s religious entrepreneurs across all doctrinal boundaries mounted a surprisingly successful tabloid campaign to popularize a religious ritual for aborted fetuses called mizuko kuyo. Using images derived from fetal photography, they published frightening accounts of fetal wrath and spiritual attacks, prompting many women to seek ritual atonement for abortions performed even decades earlier." "The first feminist study of mizuko kuyo, this book analyzes the ritual and the conflict surrounding it from a variety of perspectives. In four field studies in different parts of the country, Helen Hardacre observed contemporary examples of mizuko kuyo as practiced in Buddhism, Shinto, and the new religions. She also analyzed historical texts and personal accounts by women who have experienced abortion and by their male partners. She conducted interviews with contemporary practitioners of mizuko kuyo and extensive observations of ritual practice. She reveals how a commercialized ritual form like mizuko kuyo can be marketed through popular culture and manipulated by the same forces at work in the selling of any commodity. Her conclusions reflect upon the deep current of misogyny and sexism running through these rites and through feto-centric discourse."--Jacket
Asian visions of authority : religion and the modern states of East and Southeast Asia by Charles F Keyes( Book )

12 editions published in 1994 in English and Undetermined and held by 448 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Since the Meiji Restoration in 1868 initiated a new era in Asian history, the rulers of various Asian states have sought to control, marginalize, or suppress religious communities within their territories to ensure that these communities do not promote visions in conflict with those of the state. It is now apparent that the modernization and nation-building projects of Asian states in that era have not only failed to subordinate religious authority to that of the state, but have created a crisis of authority that has led many people in these countries to turn to religious visions of authority other than those sanctioned by their states." "The essays in this volume together make an important statement about the nature of Asian religions and societies in the late twentieth century, and demonstrate that, despite the modernization of East and Southeast Asia, religious activity has remained resilient and pervasive. As Jean Comaroff writes in her Epilogue to this work, " ... the 'religions of Asia' were often invoked as evidence for a global evolutionary scheme in which Europe emerged as the birthplace of secular reason, itself the sine qua non of modern life. Yet the present essays draw on Asian history and ethnography to assert ... that religion and ritual are crucial in the life of 'modern' nations and communities, in Asia as elsewhere. They urge us, in collective voice, to distrust disenchantment, to rethink the telos of development that still informs the models of much mainstream social science."" "The noted scholars contributing to this volume examine some of the tensions and conflicts between states and religious communities over the scope of religious views of the communities, the consequences of state-imposed definitions of religion, and the religious basis for resistance to state authority. These studies focus on Japan, Korea, the People's Republic of China, Taiwan, Indonesia, Malaysia, and Cambodia."
Shinto : a history by Helen Hardacre( Book )

15 editions published between 2016 and 2017 in English and held by 287 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Distinguished scholar of Japanese religions and culture Helen Hardacre offers the first comprehensive history of Shinto, the ancient and vibrant tradition whose colorful rituals are still practiced today. Under the ideal of Shinto, a divinely descended emperor governs through rituals offered to deities called Kami. These rituals are practiced in innumerable shrines across the realm, so that local rites mirror the monarch's ceremonies. Through this theatre of state, it is thought, the human, natural, and supernatural worlds will align in harmony and prosper. Often called "the indigenous religion of Japan," Shinto's institutions, rituals, and symbols are omnipresent throughout the island nation. But, perhaps surprisingly, both its religiosity and its Japanese origins have been questioned. Hardacre investigates the claims about Shinto as the embodiment of indigenous tradition, and about its rightful place in the public realm. Shinto has often been represented in the West as the engine that drove Japanese military aggression. To this day, it is considered provocative for members of the government to visit the Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo, which honors the Japanese war dead, and this features as a source of strain in Japan's relations with China and Korea. The Yasukuni Shrine is a debated issue in Japanese national politics and foreign relations and reliably attracts intensive media coverage. Hardacre contends, controversially, that it was the Allied Occupation that created this stereotype of Shinto as the religion of war, when in fact virtually all branches of Japanese religions were cheerleaders for the war and imperialism. The history and nature of Shinto are subjects of vital importance for understanding contemporary Japan, its politics, its international relations, and its society. Hardacre's magisterial work will stand as the definitive reference for years to come. -- Provided by publisher
Religion and society in nineteenth-century Japan : a study of the southern Kantō region, using late Edo and eary Meiji gazetteers by Helen Hardacre( Book )

7 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 198 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

New directions in the study of Meiji Japan( Book )

11 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 195 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The postwar development of Japanese studies in the United States( Book )

6 editions published in 1998 in English and held by 147 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The religion of Japan's Korean minority : the preservation of ethnic identity by Helen Hardacre( Book )

5 editions published between 1984 and 1996 in English and held by 128 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Japanese civilization in the modern world( Book )

4 editions published in 1990 in English and held by 44 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Gender and Japanese history by Haruko Wakita( Book )

1 edition published in 1999 in English and held by 9 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Aum Shinrikyo and the Japanese media : the Pied Piper meets the Lamb of God by Helen Hardacre( Book )

2 editions published in 1995 in English and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An encyclopedia of Shinto (Shinto jiten)( Book )

4 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Contested visions of community in East and Southeast Asia : introduction by Charles F Keyes( )

1 edition published in 1994 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Gender and the millennium in Omoto Kyodan : the limits of religious innovation by Helen Hardacre( )

1 edition published in 1992 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Teaching Collection (Anthropology / ANTH7006)( Book )

1 edition published in 1979 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Helen Hardacre and the study of Japanese religion( Book )

1 edition published in 2009 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Mi le : wei lai fo( Book )

1 edition published in 2017 in Chinese and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

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Shintō and the state, 1868-1988
Alternative Names
Helen Hardacre American japanologist


English (148)

Chinese (3)

Kurozumikyō and the new religions of JapanMaitreya, the future BuddhaMarketing the menacing fetus in JapanAsian visions of authority : religion and the modern states of East and Southeast AsiaNew directions in the study of Meiji JapanThe postwar development of Japanese studies in the United StatesTeaching Collection (Anthropology / ANTH7006)