Soka Gakkai in America: Accommodation and Conversion by Phillip Hammond

Soka Gakkai in America: Accommodation and Conversion

byPhillip Hammond, David Machacek

Hardcover | March 1, 1999

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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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Phillip Hammond is at UCS. David Machacek is at University of California, Santa Barbara.

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Title:Soka Gakkai in America: Accommodation and ConversionFormat:HardcoverDimensions:234 pages, 8.43 × 5.43 × 0.67 inPublished:March 1, 1999Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0198293895

ISBN - 13:9780198293897

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IntroductionPART ONE: SGI-USA: THE ORGANIZATION AND ITS MEMBERS1. Soka Gakkai History, Philosophy, and Practice2. The Membership of SGI-USA3. The Practice of Soka Gakkai BuddhismPART TWO: SGI-USA: ITS CONVERTS4. Supply-Side Influences on the Development of SGI-USA5. Values and Conversion: The Question of Demand6. Encounter, Recruitment, and ConversionConclusionAppendix A: About this StudyAppendix B: The Representativeness of the RespondentsAppendix C: The Survey InstrumentReference

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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