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Religion and social crisis in Japan : understanding Japanese society through the Aum affair

Author: Robert Kisala; Mark Mullins
Publisher: Basingstoke, Hampshire, England ; New York : Palgrave, 2001.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
"At the time that 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. Japanese were also accustomed to reading about violence elsewhere - related to the gun culture in the United States or ethnic and religious conflict in various regions of the world - but rarely at home. This assumption was  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Aufsatzsammlung
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Robert Kisala; Mark Mullins
ISBN: 0333772695 9780333772690
OCLC Number: 45637094
Description: viii, 227 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: The evolution of Aum Shinrikyō as a religious movement / Shimazono Susumu --
The reaction of the police and security authorities to Aum Shinrikyō / Christopher W. Hughes --
The legal and political fallout of the "Aum Affair" / Mark R. Mullins --
Opposition to Aum and the rise of the "anti-cult" movement in Japan / Watanabe Manabu --
Religious responses to the "Aum affair" / Robert J. Kisala --
Aum and the media: lost in the cosmos and the need to know / Richard A. Gardner --
Back to invented tradition: a nativist response to a national crisis / Matsudo Yukio --
When prophecy fails: the response of Aum members to the crisis / Maekawa Michiko.
Responsibility: edited by Robert J. Kisala and Mark R. Mullins.


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