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
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University of Tokyo
Satoko Fujiwara is Professor of the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Tokyo. She has been serving as Secretary General of the International Association for the History of Religions since 2020. Her main focus is on theories in the study of religion with latest publications on the global history of the discipline and the IAHR. She has also published articles on how religions have been described in public school education.

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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: 21 Jul 2024 doi: 10.1558/equinox.23873. Apr 2014

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