Professor Ian Reader

Professor

Research Overview

Religion in the modern world, with a special focus on Japan; Religious decline and secularisation; Pilgrimage in cross-cultural contexts- with a special focus on the transformations and developments of pilgrimage in recent times; Buddhism in contemporary Japan; Religion and violence, with special focus on how religious doctrines and practices may give rise to and provide legitimations for violent actions; New religious movements in Japan; Millennialism; Religion and the media, especially how religious groups use media forms to market themselves.

Pilgrimage: a very short introduction
Reader, I. 23/04/2015 Oxford : Oxford University Press. 144 p. ISBN: 9780198718222.
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Pilgrimage in the marketplace
Reader, I. 1/11/2013 New York : Routledge. ISBN: 0415709199, 9780415709194.
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Murder on the Tokyo subway: nerve centres, religion and violence
Reader, I. 2013 In: Space and Polity. 17, 3, p. 377-392. 16 p.
Journal article

Globally Aum: the Aum affair, counterterrorism and religion
Reader, I. 2012 In: Japanese Journal of Religious Studies. 39, 1, p. 177-196. 20 p.
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Impact and ramifications: the aftermath of the Aum Affair in the Japanese religious context
Baffelli, E., Reader, I. 2012 In: Japanese Journal of Religious Studies. 39, 1, 28 p.
Editorial

Religion in a Globalized World: Comments and Responses
Reader, I. 2012 In: Dynamics in the history of religions between Asia and Europe. Leiden : E. J. Brill p. 435-452. 18 p. ISBN: 9789004185005.
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Secularisation R.I.P? Nonsense!: the ‘rush hour away from the gods’ and the decline of religion in contemporary Japan
Reader, I. 2012 In: Journal of Religion in Japan. 1, 1, p. 7-36. 30 p.
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Buddhism in Crisis?: Institutional decline in modern Japan
Reader, I. 2011 In: Buddhist Studies Review. 28, 2, p. 233-263. 31 p.
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Competing for the apocalypse: religious rivalry and millennial transformations in a Japanese new religion
Baffelli, E., Reader, I. 2011 In: International Journal for the Study of New Religions. 2, 1, p. 5-28. 24 p.
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Japanese religions on the Internet: innovation, representation and authority
Baffelli, E., Reader, I., Staemmler, B. 2011 New York : Routledge. 228 p. ISBN: 9780415886437.
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The Shikoku Pilgrimage Online
Reader, I. 2011 In: Japanese Religions on the Internet: Innovation, Representation and Authority . New York : Routledge p. 80-100. 21 p. ISBN: 9780415886437.
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The transformation of failure and the spiritualization of violence
Reader, I. 2011 In: Blackwell companion to religion and violence. Chichester : Wiley-Blackwell p. 304-319. 16 p. ISBN: 9781405191319 .
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Bodily punishments and the spiritually transcendent dimensions of violence: a Zen Buddhist example
Reader, I. 2009 In: Dying for faith . London : I. B. Tauris p. 139-151. 13 p. ISBN: 9781845116866.
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Folk religion
Reader, I.J. 2006 In: Nanzan guide to Japanese religions. Honolulu : University of Hawai’i Press p. 65-90. 26 p. ISBN: 9780824830021.
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Perspective Chronologies, Commonalities and Alternative Status in Japanese New Religious Movements Defining NRMs outside the Western Cul-de-sac
Reader, I.J. 11/2005 In: Nova Religio. 9, 2, p. 84-96. 13 p.
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Of religion, nationalism and ideology: analysing the development of religious studies in Japan
Reader, I.J. 04/2005 In: Social Science Japan Journal. 8, 1, p. 119-124. 6 p.
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Ten years on : Aum and the Tokyo subway attack
Reader, I.J. 03/2005 In: Kansai Time Out. 2005, p. 7-10. 4 p.
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Gendai sekai ni okeru junrei no koryu : sono imi suru mono (Pilgrimage growth in the modern world : meanings and implications in Japanese)
Reader, I.J. 2005 In: Gendai shukyo 2005 : Shukyo fukko no koryu. Tokyo : Tokyodo Shuppan p. 279-305. 27 p.
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Gender and ancient Mediterranean religions
Reader, I.J. 2005 In: Encyclopedia of religion. London : Macmillan Reference USA p. 3381-3387. 7 p. ISBN: 0028657330.
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Historical, new, and 'new' new religions
Reader, I.J. 2005 In: A companion to the anthropology of Japan. Oxford : Blackwell p. 431-451. 21 p. ISBN: 9780631229551.
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Making pilgrimages : meaning and practice in Shikoku
Reader, I.J. 2005 Honolulu : University of Hawaii Press. 350 p. ISBN: 9780824828769.
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Chance, fate, and undisciplined meanderings : a pilgrimage through the fieldwork maze.
Reader, I. 2003 In: Doing fieldwork in Japan. Honolulu : University of Hawaii Press p. 89-105. 17 p. ISBN: 082482525X.
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Identity, Nihonjinron, and academic (dis)honesty.
Reader, I.J. 2003 In: Monumenta Nipponica. 58, 1, p. 103-116. 14 p.
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Ideology, adademic inventions and mystical anthropology.
Reader, I.J. 2003 In: Japan Anthropological Workshop Newsletter. 36, p. 73-94. 22 p.
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Killing for salvation : Aum Shinrikyō and the perils of religion.
Reader, I. 2003 In: Promise and peril: the paradox of religion as resource and threat. Notre Dame, Indiana : University of Nortre Dame Press p. 87-105. 19 p. ISBN: 0268038252.
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Local histories, anthropological interpretations, and the study of a Japanese pilgrimage.
Reader, I.J. 2003 In: Japanese Journal of Religious Studies. 30, 1-2, p. 119-132. 14 p.
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Contemporary Zen Buddhism tracts for the laity : grassroots Buddhism in Japan (translation from the Japanese with appended commentary on modern Buddhist texts).
Reader, I.J. 2002 In: Religions of Asia in practice : an anthology. New Jersey : Princeton University Press p. 713-724. 12 p.
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Dramatic confrontations : Aum Shinrikyo against the world.
Reader, I.J. 2002 In: Cults, religion and violence. Cambridge : Cambridge University Press p. 189-208. 20 p.
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Identity and nationalism in the 'new' new religions : Buddhism as a motif for the new age in Japan.
Reader, I.J. 2002 In: Religion and national identity in the Japanese context : Bunka. Munster : Lit Verlag p. 13-36. 24 p.
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Japan.
Reader, I.J. 2002 In: Religions of the world. Santa Barbara, Calif. : ABC-CLIO p. 716-720. 5 p.
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Spectres and shadows : Aum Shinrikyo and the road to Megiddo.
Reader, I.J. 2002 In: Terrorism and Political Violence. 14, 1, p. 145-186. 42 p.
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Consensus shattered : Japanese paradigm shifts and moral panic in the post-Aum era.
Reader, I.J. 04/2001 In: Nova Religio. 4, 2, p. 225-234. 10 p.
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Interior travels : pilgrimage, nostalgia, identity and quest.
Reader, I.J. 2001 In: Return to Japan : from 'pilgrimage' to the West. Arhus, Denmark : Arhus University Press p. 13-32. 20 p.
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Reflected meanings : underlying themes in the experiences of two Japanese pilgrims to Europe.
Reader, I.J. 2001 In: Firenze, Il giappone e l'Asia orientale. Florence : Leo S. Olschi p. 121-139. 19 p.
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Religions of East Asia.
Reader, I.J. 2001 In: International encyclopedia of social and behavioural sciences. Elsevier
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Violent millennialism with a Christian touch : syncretic themes in the millennial perspectives of Aum Shinrikyo.
Reader, I.J. 2001 In: Christian millennialism. London : Hurst p. 239-254. 16 p.
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Scholarship : Aum Shinrikyo and integrity.
Reader, I.J. 04/2000 In: Nova Religio. 3, 2, p. 368-382. 15 p.
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Bakku tsu za fyucha : Nihon shukyo ni okeru nosutarujia to saisei no imeji.
Reader, I.J. 02/2000 In: Bukkyo. 49, p. 50-62. 13 p.
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Are wa shukyo kore ga shinko : genze riyaku to nihon no shukyo (in Japanese).
Reader, I.J. 2000 In: Oraiko : nihonjin no sei ryo shi. Tokyo : Shogakkan p. 321-330. 10 p.
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Aum Shinrikyo.
Reader, I.J. 2000 In: Encyclopedia of millennialism and millennial movements. New York : Routledge p. 39-42. 4 p.
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Bakku tsu za fyucha : Nihon shukyo ni okeru nosutarujia to saisei no imeji.
Reader, I.J. 2000 In: Ibunka kara mita Nihon shukyo no sekai. Kyoto : Hozokan p. 264-287. 24 p.
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Imagined persecution: Aum Shinrikyo, millennialism and the legitimation of violence.
Reader, I. 2000 In: Millennialism, persecution, and violence : historical cases. Syracuse : Syracuse University Press p. 138-152. 15 p. ISBN: 0815605994.
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Introduction.
Soderberg, M., Reader, I.J. 2000 In: Japanese influences and presences in Asia. London : Curzon Press p. 1-21. 21 p.
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Japan.
Reader, I.J. 2000 In: Encyclopedia of millennialism and millennial movements. New York : Routledge p. 198-202. 5 p.
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Japanese influences and presences in Asia.
Soderberg, M., Reader, I.J. 2000 London : Curzon Press.
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Religion, conflict and the sacred mission : on understanding the violence of Aum Shrinrikyo.
Reader, I.J. 2000 BASR, 20 p.
Working paper

Religious violence in contemporary Japan : the case of Aum Shinrikyo.
Reader, I.J. 2000 Richmond : Curzon Press. 304 p.
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Contemporary Zen Buddhist tracts for the laity: grassroots Buddhism in Japan (Commentary and translation).
Reader, I. 1999 In: Religions of Japanese in practice. Princeton University Press p. 487-498. 12 p.
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Legends, miracles, and faith in Kobo Daishi and the Shikoku pilgrimage (commentary and translation of Shinnen's 'Shikoku Henro Kudokuki' of 1690.
Reader, I. 1999 In: Religions of Japanese in practice. Princeton University Press p. 360-369. 10 p.
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Practically religious: worldly benefits and the common religion of Japan
Reader, I., Tanabe, G. 1998 Honolulu : University of Hawai’i Press. 303 p. ISBN: 0824820908.
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Religion in contemporary Japan
Reader, I. 1991 Basingstoke : Macmillan. 275 p. ISBN: 9780333523223.
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