One of the most influential sociologists living today, Robert N. Bellah began his career as a Japan specialist, and has continued to contribute to the field over the past thirty years. Imagining Japan is a collection of some of his most important writings, including essays that consider the entire sweep of Japanese history and the character of Japanese society and religion. Combining intellectual rigor, broad scholarship, and ethical commitment, this book also features a new and extensive introduction that brings together intellectual and institutional dimensions of Japanese history.
Robert N. Bellah is Elliott Professor of Sociology, Emeritus, at the University of California, Berkeley. He is author of Beyond Belief (California, 1991) and Tokugawa Religion: The Cultural Roots of Modern Japan (1985), and coauthor of Habits of the Heart (California, 1985).
Introduction: The Japanese Difference 1. The Contemporary Meaning of Kamakura Buddhism 2. Ienaga Saburo and the Search for meaning in Modern Japan 3. Japan's cultural Identity: Some Reflections on the Work of Watsuji Tetsuro 4. Notes on Maruyama Masao 5. Intellectual and Society in Japan 6. The Japanese Emperor as a Mother Figure: Some Preliminary Notes 7. Continuity and Change in Japanese Society Notes Bibliography Index