Current Research Projects
In her current work, Dr. Hoston seeks to engage non-Western interlocutors into the Western discourse on the nature of modernity. She is particularly interested in two major themes:
1. Religion and the Politics of Late Development. Here Dr. Hoston is particularly interested in the emergence of liberation theologies in later industrializing societies. This is the subject of her current book entitled Faith, Will, and Revolutionary Change under contract with Princeton University Press. The comparative scope of this work embraces Chinese and Japanese radical thinkers, Latin American Liberation Theology, Buddhism in China, Japan, and Tibet, Daoism, Korean minjeong theology, and competing liberationist trends in contemporary Islam.
2. The State, Civil Society and the Individualist-Communitarian Discourse on Modernity. This work focuses across East Asia on relationship between the role of state institutions in economic development and individualist and communitarian liberal bases of democracy. A current research project on the relationship between Japan 's rapid economic industrialization and the challenges that remain for the development of civil society and democratic politics in postwar Japan. Also related to this theme is Hoston´s work on Daoism, Maoism, and modernity.
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