Textbook Gods - Genre, Text and Teaching Religious Studies - Bengt-Ove Andreassen

Textbook Gods - Genre, Text and Teaching Religious Studies - Bengt-Ove Andreassen

Establishing Religion through Textbooks: Religions in Japan’s “Ethics” Program

Textbook Gods - Genre, Text and Teaching Religious Studies - Bengt-Ove Andreassen

Satoko Fujiwara
Executive Editor [+-]
University of Tokyo
Satoko Fujiwara is Associate Professor, Department of Religious Studies, Faculty of Letters, at the University of Tokyo. Her related Publications include “Problems of Teaching about Religion in Japan: Another Textbook Controversy against Peace?,” in R. Jackson and S. Fujiwara eds., Peace Education and Religious Plurality: International Perspectives (Routledge, 2008), and Religions in Textbooks: Religious Education that Is Not Supposed to Exist in Japan (in Japanese, Iwanami, 2011).

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In this chapter I will illustrate how Japanese textbooks are “establishing religion” by imposing demarcations and rankings among religions. Remarkably, the religion they are establishing is not State Shinto. The factors shaping the establishment of religion are quite complex and cannot be reduced to the single factor of the legacy of State Shinto. I will sort out pedagogical, ideological and business factors.

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Fujiwara, Satoko. Establishing Religion through Textbooks: Religions in Japan’s “Ethics” Program. Textbook Gods - Genre, Text and Teaching Religious Studies. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 43-61 Apr 2014. ISBN 9781781790557. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=23873. Date accessed: 14 Aug 2020 doi: 10.1558/equinox.23873. Apr 2014

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