The Practice of Altruism: Caring and Religion in Global Perspective
Cambridge Scholars Press, 2006 - 209 pages
The study of altruism and altruistic behavior has caught the attention of social scientists especially in recent years. What motivates individuals to cultivate attitudes and actions that promote the wellbeing of others at the expense of, or at the risk of negative consequences for their own?
In our contemporary global society marked by conflict and violence among different sectors of the population in various regions of the world, and wherein religion can be a factor that exacerbates such conflict and violence, harnessing the power of religion towards directions of reconciliation, creativity, and altruistic action, remains a crucial task for humankind.
This volume addresses a question especially relevant in our day: do people who profess religious commitment or affiliation in a particular religious community tend to nurture altruistic kinds of attitude and action more than others? Social scientists present results of their empirical studies on Japanese society, as well as on North American, European, Indian, and Thai societies, to focus on this issue and offer insightful reflections on the relationship between religion and society.
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It had established schools , clinics , free dispensery and vocation training centers
in the rural areas of India , and has launched projects to support improvished
rural families . As exemplified by Daijo - kyo , another emerging trend in the
It provides grants for the implementation of projects by NGOs and at the time of
natural calamities allocates funds to NGOs that are involved in emergency relief
activities . The Buddhist NGO Network ( BNN ) is another example of networking
Members have leisure time and are looking for projects that give their uprooted
lives meaning . Here , philanthropy gives meaning and explanation for the
unexplainable disjuncture of distance from cultural worlds , family , friends , and
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