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Reader, Ian 1949-

Works: 37 works in 233 publications in 3 languages and 7,486 library holdings
Genres: Exhibition catalogs  Comparative studies 
Roles: Author, Editor, Other, Contributor
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Religion in contemporary Japan by Ian Reader( Book )
28 editions published between 1990 and 2001 in English and Undetermined and held by 917 libraries worldwide
What role does religion play in contemporary Japanese society and in the lives of Japanese people today? This text examines the major areas in which the Japanese participate in religious events, the role of religion in the social system and the underlying views within the Japanese religious world. Through a series of case studies of religion in action - at crowded temples and festivals, in austere Zen meditation halls, at home and at work, at dramatic fire rituals - it illustrates the immense variety, energy and colour inherent in Japanese religion. It also discusses the continued relevance and responses of religion in a rapidly modernizing and changing society
Japanese religions : past and present by Ian Reader( Book )
26 editions published between 1991 and 2002 in English and held by 655 libraries worldwide
Each of the eight chapters deals with a specific topic, such as Shinto, Buddhism, the new religions, and Christianity; there is an introduction that outlines the subject to be considered followed by a series of readings
Making pilgrimages : meaning and practice in Shikoku by Ian Reader( Book )
8 editions published between 2005 and 2006 in English and held by 318 libraries worldwide
This study involves a fourteen-hundred-kilometer-long pilgrimage around Japan's fourth largest island, Shikoku. In traveling the circuit of the eighty-eight Buddhist temples that make up the route, pilgrims make their journey together with Kobo Daishi (774-835), the holy miracle-working figure who is at the heart of the pilgrimage. Once seen as a marginal practice, recent media portrayal of the pilgrimage as a symbol of Japanese cultural heritage has greatly increased the number of participants, both Japanese and foreign. In this absorbing look at the nature of the pilgrimage, Ian Reader examines contemporary practices and beliefs in the context of historical development, taking into account theoretical considerations of pilgrimage as a mode of activity and revealing how pilgrimages such as Shikoku may change in nature over the centuries. This rich ethnographic work covers a wide range of pilgrimage activity and behavior, drawing on accounts of pilgrims traveling by traditional means on foot as well as those taking advantage of the new package bus tours, and exploring the pilgrimage's role in the everyday lives of participants and the people of Shikoku alike. It discusses the various ways in which the pilgrimage is made and the forces that have shaped it in the past and in the present, including history and legend, the island's landscape and residents, the narratives and actions of the pilgrims and the priests who run the temples, regional authorities, and commercial tour operators and bus companies. In studying the Shikoku pilgrimage from anthropological, historical, and sociological perspectives, Reader shows in vivid detail the ambivalence and complexity of pilgrimage as a phenomenon that is simultaneously local, national, and international and both marginal and integral to the lives of its participants. Critically astute yet highly accessible, Making Pilgrimages will be welcomed by those with an interest in anthropology, religious studies, and Japanese studies, and will be essential for anyone contemplating making the pilgrimage themselves. -- Back cover
Pilgrimage : a very short introduction by Ian Reader( Book )
4 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 240 libraries worldwide
"Presents pilgrimage in a global and historical context. Using a wide range of examples, Reader explores how people take part in and experience their pilgrimages, and what they take back from their journeys, He concludes by examining why pilgrimages appear to be so popular in our increasingly secular age."--Front flap
The simple guide to Shinto by Ian Reader( Book )
12 editions published between 1998 and 2011 in English and Dutch and held by 206 libraries worldwide
Discusses the history of the Shinto religion in Japan, describing its origins, basic beliefs, rituals, and festivals, and its place in Japanese society
Japanese influences and presences in Asia by Ian Reader( Book )
15 editions published between 1998 and 2016 in English and Undetermined and held by 191 libraries worldwide
With chapters written by Asian and western scholars from a variety of academic perspectives, the volume looks at the topic at macro and micro levels, examining the variegated and highly differing influences and presences of Japan as seen from a number of perspectives, from street views and the world of popular culture, to global political issues, to questions of regional investment, and the cultural and economic aspirations of Chinese students in Japan. Between these various pictures and findings there is, as the editors note, considerable tension, and the volume demonstrates how variegated, multidimensional and, at times, contradictory, the topic of Japanese influences and presences in Asia is
Pilgrimage in popular culture ( Book )
17 editions published between 1992 and 2007 in English and held by 166 libraries worldwide
Specially commissioned studies of popular pilgrimages - East and West, past and present, religious and secular - ranging from Shikoku (Japan) to Santiago de Compostela (Spain), Kosovo (Yugoslavia), Glastonbury, Anfield (UK), Flanders Fields, Graceland, and military pilgrimages in the USA)
A poisonous cocktail? : Aum Shinrikyō's path to violence by Ian Reader( Book )
13 editions published between 1996 and 1997 in English and held by 149 libraries worldwide
"The March 1995 gas attack on the Tokyo subway system killed 12 people and injured thousands. Massive police raids and the subsequent investigation linked this attack (plus a variety of other criminal activities including murders) to Aum Shinrikyo, a small religious movement whose leader, Asahara Shoko had prophesied that Armageddon was at hand." "Ian Reader describes Aum's history, examines the various conflicts it was involved in, and discusses the contents of Asahara's sermons and prophecies. In so doing, he points to a combination of factors which together took Aum down a path of violence. Suggesting that the Aum case is not unique, he shows how it displays similarities with other cases of violence and conflict amongst religious and political movements in Japan and elsewhere."--BOOK JACKET
Pilgrimage in the marketplace by Ian Reader( Book )
16 editions published between 2013 and 2016 in English and held by 119 libraries worldwide
The study of pilgrimage often centres itself around miracles and spontaneous populist activities. While some of these activities and stories may play an important role in the emergence of potential pilgrimage sites and in helping create wider interest in them, this book demonstrates that the dynamics of the marketplace, including marketing and promotional activities by priests and secular interest groups, create the very consumerist markets through which pilgrimages become established and successful - and through which the 'sacred' as a category can be sustained. By drawing on
Japanese religions on the Internet : innovation, representation and authority by Erica Baffelli( Book )
15 editions published between 2010 and 2013 in English and held by 117 libraries worldwide
Japanese Religions on the Internet draws attention to how religion is being presented, represented and discussed on the Japanese Internet. Its intention is to contribute to wider discussions about religion and the Internet by providing an important example - based on one of the Internet's most prominent languages - of how new media technologies are being used and are impacting on religion in the East-Asian context, while also developing further our understandings of religion in a technologically advanced country. Scholars studying the relationship of religion and the Internet can no longer work on prevailing notions that have thus far characterised the field, such as the assumption that the Internet is a Western-centric phenomenon and that studies of English-language sites relating to religion can provide a viable model for wider analyses of the topic. Despite this growing amount of research on religion and the Internet, comparatively little has focused on non-Western cultures. The general field of study relating to religion and the Internet has paid scant attention to Asian contexts. The field needs a full-length and comprehensive study that focuses on the Japanese religious world and the Internet, not merely to redress the imbalances of the field thus far, but also because such studies will be central to the emerging field of the study of religion and the Internet in future. They will provide important means of developing new theories, constructing new paradigms and understanding the underlying dynamics of this new media form
Shinto by Ian Reader( Book )
5 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 91 libraries worldwide
Offers an introduction to Shinto. This guide presents descriptions of the key concepts, beliefs and practices
Health-related votive tablets from Japan : ema for healing and well-being by Peter A. G. M. de Smet( Book )
3 editions published in 2017 in English and held by 41 libraries worldwide
"Many Shinto shrines and Buddhist temples in Japan sell small wooden votive tablets (ema) which are meant to be left on a rack at the sanctuary. The reverse of these tablets offers space to send a self-written wish or personal thank you message to the enshrined deity or buddha. Their front usually has a pre-printed or hand-painted design that is indicative of the intended purpose. In this book hundreds of contemporary ema designs for health-related purposes are reproduced and placed into their religious and biomedical context. A final chapter explores why there are differences between these purposes and current epidemiological patterns. This is the first book in English on the long-standing tradition of ema."--Cover page 4
Sendatsu and the development of contemporary Japanese pilgrimage by Ian Reader( Book )
4 editions published in 1993 in English and held by 23 libraries worldwide
Pilgrimage in the marketplace / Ian Reader by Ian Reader( Book )
1 edition published in 2016 in English and held by 5 libraries worldwide
Religion, conflict and the sacred mission : on understanding the violence of aum shinrikyo by Ian Reader( Book )
2 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 3 libraries worldwide
A sintoizmus by Ian Reader( Book )
2 editions published in 2000 in Hungarian and held by 3 libraries worldwide
The edge of reason? : science and religion in modern society by Alex Bentley( Book )
1 edition published in 2008 in English and held by 2 libraries worldwide
Science and religion : negotiating the 21st century rapids / Denis Alexander -- Defining religious groups / Mark Hulsether -- Aboriginal versus Western creationism / Bob Layton -- Science versus anthropology, not religion / Simon Coleman -- Atheism and liberty / Michael Shermer -- The evolution of warfare / Herbert Maschner and Katherine Reedy-Maschner -- Why we are good : mirror neurons and the roots of empathy / Gordy Slack -- The evolution of religion / Lewis Wolpert -- Is religion inevitable? : an archaeologist's view from the past / Steven Mithen -- Artificials, or why Darwin was wrong about humans / Timothy Taylor -- Brain science and belief / Andrew Newberg -- Why Richard Dawkins is wrong about religion / David Sloan Wilson -- Public terror vs. public good : views from Japan and England / Ian Reader -- Buddhism : a better balance in the East? / Hiroko Kawanami -- Can scientific discovery be a spiritual experience? / John Hedley Brooke -- Heavens above! : old notions never die, they just incorporate / William Calvin -- Other intelligences / Seth Shostak -- Natural theology in contemporary cosmology / David Wilkinson
Identity and nationalism in the "new" New religions : buddhism as a motif for the new age in Japan by Ian Reader( Article )
1 edition published in 2001 in English and held by 2 libraries worldwide
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