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The Joy of Noh
The Joy of Noh (April 2014)
Embodied Learning and Discipline in Urban Japan
Katrina L. Moore - Author

Examines Japanese later life learners involved in Noh theater.

Centered on questions of identity formation, selfhood, and the body, this ethnography examines the experiences of later life learners in Japan. The women profiled are amateur practitioners of Noh theater, learning the dance and chant essential to this classic art form. Using a combination of observational, interview, and experiential data, Katrina L. ...(Read More)
 
 
Moral Relativism and Chinese Philosophy
Moral Relativism and Chinese Philosophy (March 2014)
David Wong and His Critics
Yang Xiao - Editor
Yong Huang - Editor

A wide-ranging consideration of the work of contemporary ethicist David Wong.

Original, influential, and often controversial, ethicist David Wong defends forms of moral relativism. His 1984 Moral Relativity was a study of this concept, and his 2006 Natural Moralities presented a new and sophisticated account of it. Wong’s vision is of a pluralistic moral relativism; he does not defend all f...(Read More)
 
 
The Dynamics of Cultural Counterpoint in Asian Studies
The Dynamics of Cultural Counterpoint in Asian Studies (March 2014)
David Jones - Editor
Michele Marion - Editor

Essays on a wide range of areas and topics in Asian studies for scholars looking to incorporate Asia into their worldview and teaching.

Contributors give contemporary presence to Asian studies through a variety of themes and topics in this multidisciplined and interdisciplinary volume. In an era of globalization, scholars trained in Western traditions increasingly see the need to add materials and perspectives th...(Read More)
 
 
Witchcraft and the Rise of the First Confucian Empire
Witchcraft and the Rise of the First Confucian Empire (February 2014)
Liang Cai - Author

FINALIST - 2015 Best First Book in the History of Religions, presented by the American Academy of Religion

2014 Academic Award for Excellence, presented by Chinese Historians in the United States


Contests long-standing claims that Confucianism came to prominence under China’s Emperor Wu.

When did Confucianism become the reigning political ideology of imperial China? A pervasive narra...(Read More)
 
 
Communication and Cooperation in Early Imperial China
Communication and Cooperation in Early Imperial China (February 2014)
Publicizing the Qin Dynasty
Charles Sanft - Author

Challenges traditional views of the Qin dynasty as an oppressive regime by revealing cooperative aspects of its governance.

This revealing book challenges longstanding notions of the Qin dynasty, China’s first imperial dynasty (221–206 BCE). The received history of the Qin dynasty and its founder is one of cruel tyranny with rule through fear and coercion. Using a wealth of new information afforded by...(Read More)
 
 
The Hidden Lives of Brahman
The Hidden Lives of Brahman (February 2014)
Sankara's Vedanta through His Upanisad Commentaries, in Light of Contemporary Practice
Joël André-Michel Dubois - Author
Christopher Key Chapple - Foreword by

FINALIST - 2014 American Academy of Religion Best First Book Award in the History of Religions

Uses both textual and ethnographic sources to demonstrate that in Śaṅkara’s vedānta, brahman is an active force as well as a transcendent ultimate.

Śaṅkara’s thought, advaita vedānta or non-dual vedānta, is a tradition focused on brahman, the...(Read More)
 
 
Beyond Oneness and Difference
Beyond Oneness and Difference (November 2013)
Li and Coherence in Chinese Buddhist Thought and Its Antecedents
Brook Ziporyn - Author

Continues the author’s inquiry into the development of the Chinese philosophical concept Li, concluding in Song and Ming dynasty Neo-Confucianism.

Beyond Oneness and Difference considers the development of one of the key concepts of Chinese intellectual history, Li. A grasp of the strange history of this term and its seemingly conflicting implications—as oneness and differentiation, as the...(Read More)
 
 
Family in Buddhism
Family in Buddhism (August 2013)
Liz Wilson - Editor

A wide-ranging exploration of Buddhism and family in Asia—from biological families to families created in monasteries.

The Buddha left his home and family and enjoined his followers to go forth and “become homeless.” With a traditionally celibate clergy, Asian Buddhism is often regarded as a world-renouncing religion inimical to family life. This edited volume counters this view, showing how Asian Buddhists in ...(Read More)
 
 
Ecology Is Permanent Economy
Ecology Is Permanent Economy (July 2013)
The Activism and Environmental Philosophy of Sunderlal Bahuguna
George Alfred James - Author

Explores the nonviolent philosophy and environmental activism of India’s Sunderlal Bahuguna.

For decades, Sunderlal Bahuguna has been an environmental activist in his native India, well known for his efforts on behalf of the Himalayas and its people. In the 1970s, he was instrumental in the successful Chipko (or “hug”) movement during which local people hugged trees to prevent logging for outside...(Read More)
 
 
Lost in Transition
Lost in Transition (June 2013)
Hong Kong Culture in the Age of China
Yiu-Wai Chu - Author

Looks at the fate of Hong Kong’s unique culture since its reversion to China.

In this timely and insightful book, Yiu-Wai Chu takes stock of Hong Kong’s culture since its transition to a Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China in 1997. Hong Kong had long functioned as the capitalist and democratic stepping stone to China for much of the world. Its highly original popula...(Read More)
 
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