Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

American Shinto Community of Practice: Community Formation outside Original Context
by Rodrigue, Craig E., Jr., M.A., University of Nevada, Reno, 2017, 151; 10286665
Abstract (Summary)

Shinto is a native Japanese religion with a history that goes back thousands of years. Because of its close ties to Japanese culture, and Shinto’s strong emphasis on place in its practice, it does not seem to be the kind of religion that would migrate to other areas of the world and convert new practitioners. However, not only are there examples of Shinto being practiced outside of Japan, the people doing the practice are not always of Japanese heritage.

The Tsubaki Grand Shrine of America is one of the only fully functional Shinto shrines in the United States and is run by the first non-Japanese Shinto priest. This thesis looks at the community of practice that surrounds this American shrine and examines how membership is negotiated through action. There are three main practices that form the larger community: language use, rituals, and Aikido. Through participation in these activities members engage with an American Shinto community of practice.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Stiles, Erin E.
Commitee: Ferguson, Jenanne K., Oda, Meredith
School: University of Nevada, Reno
Department: Anthropology
School Location: United States -- Nevada
Source: MAI 56/05M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Religion, Cultural anthropology, Asian American Studies
Keywords: Aikido, Community of practice, Shinto, Shinto in the United States, Tsubaki Grand Shrine of America
Publication Number: 10286665
ISBN: 9780355053203
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