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A Year in the Life of a Shinto Shrineby John K. Nelson
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What we today call Shinto has been at the heart of Japanese culture for almost as long as there has been political entity distinguishing itself as Japan. A Year in the Life of a Shinto Shrine describes the ritual cycle at Suwa Shrine, Nagasaki's major Shinto shrine. Conversations with priests, other shrine personnel, and people attending shrine functions supplement John K. Nelson's observations of over fifty shrine rituals and festivals. He elicits their views on the meaning and personal relevance of the religious events and the place of Shinto and Suwa Shrine in Japanese society, culture, and politics. Nelson focuses on the very human side of an ancient institution and provides a detailed look at beliefs and practices that, although grounded in natural cycles, are nonetheless meaningful in late-twentieth-century Japanese society.
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Teeple (sociology and anthropology, Simon Fraser U.) sees the welfare state and social democracy as a period of transition from the era of national capital and nation states to one of internationalized capital and supra-national organizations. He examines the expected increases in social and personal wealth and well being that allowed the rise of welfare states, and the economic retrenchment and political reaction that are dismantling them. He also warns of the consequences for working people worldwide, the decline of political legitimacy, and the exercise of unmitigated corporate power. Paper edition (unseen), $15.00.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. -279) and index.
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