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Name  Helen Hardacre

Education  University of Chicago (1980)
Awards  Guggenheim Fellowship for Humanities, US & Canada
Books  Shintō and the state - 186, Marketing the Menacing, Kurozumikyō and the new religi, Lay Buddhism in contem, Religion and Society in

2013 john howes lecture in japanese studies professor helen hardacre

Helen Hardacre (born 1949) is an American academic and Japanologist. At Harvard University, she is the Reischauer Institute Professor of Japanese Religions and Society.


Hardacre is the daughter of British historian Paul H. Hardacre; and like her father, Hardacre would be awarded a Gugghenheim fellowship.

Revising Japan's Constitution


She was Director of the Edwin O. Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies from 1995 through 1998. Her interests include Japanese society and religion and the ramifications of potential constitutional amendments on the future of religion in Japan.

Selected works

In a statistical overview derived from writings by and about Helen Hardacre, OCLC/WorldCat encompasses roughly 30+ works in 80+ publications in 3 languages and 5,000+ library holdings

  • Lay Buddhism in Contemporary Japan : Reiyūkai Kyōdan (1983)
  • The Religion of Japan's Korean Minority : the Preservation of Ethnic Identity (1984)
  • Kurozumikyō and the New Religions of Japan (1985)
  • Maitreya, the Future Buddha (1988)
  • Marketing the Menacing Fetus in Japan (1988)
  • Shintō and the State, 1868-1988 (1989)
  • Asian Visions of Authority Religion and the Modern States of East and Southeast Asia (1994)
  • New Directions in the Study of Meiji Japan (1997)
  • The Postwar Development of Japanese Studies in the United States (1998)
  • Religion and Society in Nineteenth-Century Japan: a Study of the Southern Kantō Region, using late Edo and early Meiji Gazetteers (2002)
  • References

    Helen Hardacre Wikipedia

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