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Article/Chapter Title:The Animism Renaissance Reconsidered: An Urgent Response to Dr. Yasuda
Journal Title:Nichibunken Wewsletter
Author(s):Reader, Ian
Date of Publication: 1990
Annotation:Responding to what Reader categorizes as Yoshinori Yasuda’s academically unsound dichotomy of the "two geneologies of civilization," Reader provides examples from South American and African pre-colonialist history to disprove the popular notion that peaceful peoples lived harmoniously with nature prior to Western imperialism. Urging rather for cooperation and sound scholarship across cultures, Reader concedes the West’s complicity in environmental destruction and its history of imperialism, but also demonstrates how contemporary Japanese policies have been environmentally exploitative and how Western Christianity’s activist responses to the environmental crisis have been a positive deterrent to flagrant environmental destruction.
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