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Soka Gakkai in America : Accommodation and Conversion - Phillip Hammond

Soka Gakkai in America

Accommodation and Conversion

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This is the first-ever in-depth study of the Soka Gakkai Buddhists in the United States of America (SGI-USA). Drawing on unprecedented access to the organization through surveys and interviews, it provides a definitive and revealing picture of one of the fastest-growing religions in the world. The authors shed light on contemporary American society and show how many members of SGI-USA are drawn from a growing `transmodern' subculture in America. In addition the book traces the development of the organization in the USA, examining how it adapted to the peculiar circumstances of America's cultural life and showing how SGI-USA became a very American phenomenon.

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one learns a great deal about the appeal, proselytizing strategy, and values of Soka Gakkai, as well as a realistic assessment of its current demographics. Richard Seager, Religious Studies Review, Vol 27, No 2, April 2001

Introduction PART ONE: SGI-USA: THE ORGANIZATION AND ITS MEMBERS 1: Soka Gakkai History, Philosophy, and Practice 2: The Membership of SGI-USA 3: The Practice of Soka Gakkai Buddhism PART TWO: SGI-USA: ITS CONVERTS 4: Supply-Side Influences on the Development of SGI-USA 5: Values and Conversion: The Question of Demand 6: Encounter, Recruitment, and Conversion Conclusion Appendix A: About this Study Appendix B: The Representativeness of the Respondents Appendix C: The Survey Instrument Reference

ISBN: 9780198293897
ISBN-10: 0198293895
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 240
Published: 1st March 1999
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.43 x 14.45  x 1.83
Weight (kg): 0.36