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Imagining Japan: The Japanese Tradition and its Modern Interpretation

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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 ...more
Paperback, 254 pages
Published February 26th 2003 by University of California Press (first published 2003)
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I was reading the bibliography of Shutting Out The Sun by Michael Zielenziger, when I came across a couple of books written by Robert N. Bellah, which I found extremely intriguing. I was familiar with him through a book he co-wrote with several other sociologists called habit of the heart that I read post-college that had a profound effect on me. I was bowled over that he was actually a Japanologist by training. I tracked down the two books, Imagining Japan and Tokugawa Religion. I have started ...more
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Robert N. Bellah was Elliott Professor of Sociology Emeritus at the University of California at Berkeley.

Bellah graduated summa cum laude from Harvard College with a B.A. in social anthropology in 1950. His undergraduate honors thesis on “Apache Kinship Systems” won the Phi Beta Kappa Prize and was published by the Harvard University Press. In 1955, he received a Ph.D. from Harvard University in S
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