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Master of Science (MS)
Sociology, Social Work, and Anthropology
Gordon N. Keller
The primary purpose of this study was to present a sociological analysis of American Buddhism in northern Utah. Specifically, the analysis covered the acculturation changes of American Buddhism in X __ , Utah, the functions of the acculturation changes, and the effects of secularization on the Buddhists.
The findings were as follows:
- Buddhism in X___ is becoming "American Buddhism" just as Buddhism in Japan became Japanese Buddhism.
- Buddhism in X___ reinforces the norms and values of the X___ society but also puts a strain on social relationship by contributing to ethnocentrism and racial segregation.
- The Buddhist Society in X___ has become more secular and, as a consequence of the secularization process, could cease to exist in the future.
Timper, Priscilla T., "An Acculturation Study of Japanese-American Buddhists in Northern Utah" (1971). All Graduate Theses and Dissertations. 3522.
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