William R. Lindsey

Associate Professor, Religious Studies
785-864-5582
Smith Hall, Room 9

Religion in Japan; religion in Korea; theory and method in the study of religion; ritual; the body; gender; religion and childhood

Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh, 2003

William Lindsey's primary research interest lies in analyzing how individuals and groups in Tokugawa Japan (1600-1867) constructed and contested social identity and power along lines of ritual and symbol made available through the bricolage of Buddhism, Neo-Confucianism, kami worship, local traditions, and individual motivations.


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