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Karma and Punishment


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Adam J. Lyons is Assistant Professor of East Asian Religions at the Universite de Montreal.


In this meticulously researched, thoughtfully composed book, Adam J. Lyons examines the relation between religion and the state in Japan through the lens of prison chaplaincy...An important contribution to a lively conversation among scholars of Japanese religions around the entanglements between religion and other spheres of social life. -- Melissa Anne-Marie Curley * Journal of the American Academy of Religion *
This book offers a valuable and fascinating case study through which to analyze religion-state relations in modern Japan...Lyons' honest and beautifully written account of the conflicts prison chaplains feel gives this superb and field-defining history of prison chaplaincy in Japan more than just academic heft. -- Timothy Benedict * Contemporary Japan *
[Karma and Punishment] not only makes a major contribution towards filling a gap within the broader debates regarding crime and punishment, but it also makes a compelling and fascinating argument about the role of religion in the establishment of the modern prison and probation system and its continuing influence on public perceptions of justice. This is a fascinating story...Impressive and original...A must-read for anyone who is interested in these topics. -- Jason Danely * International Institute for Asian Studies *

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