Chinese Religious Life

Paperback | September 27, 2011

EditorDavid A. Palmer, Glenn Shive, Philip L. Wickeri

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Written by a team of internationally renowned scholars, this volume provides an in-depth introduction to religion in contemporary China. Instead of adopting the traditional focus on pre-modern religious history and doctrinal traditions, Chinese Religious Life examines the social dimensions ofreligious life, with essays devoted to religion in urban, rural, and ethnic minority settings; to the religious dimensions of body, gender, environment, and civil society; and to the historical, sociological, economic, and political aspects of religion in contemporary Chinese society.

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Written by a team of internationally renowned scholars, this volume provides an in-depth introduction to religion in contemporary China. Instead of adopting the traditional focus on pre-modern religious history and doctrinal traditions, Chinese Religious Life examines the social dimensions ofreligious life, with essays devoted to relig...

David A. Palmer is an Assistant Professor in the department of Sociology and Fellow of the Centre for Anthropological Research at the University of Hong Kong. His most recent book (co-authored with V. Goossaert) is The Religious Question in Modern China (2011). Glenn Shive is the Executive Director of the Hong Kong America Center, a c...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:296 pages, 6.1 × 9.21 × 0.91 inPublished:September 27, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Philip Wickeri: IntroductionPart I: Ways of Being Religious in the Chinese World1. Lizhu Fan and James Whitehead: Spirituality in a Modern Chinese Metropolis2. Wai-lun Tam: Communal Worship and Festivals in Chinese Villages3. Philip Wickeri and Yik-Fai Tam: The Religious Life of Ethnic Minority Communities4. Adam Chau: Modalities of Doing ReligionPart II. Religion, Culture, and Society5. David A. Palmer: The Body: Health, Nation, and Transcendence6. C. Julia Huang, Elena Valussi, and David A. Palmer: Gender and Sexuality7. Robert Weller: Chinese Cosmology and the Environment8. Andre Laliberte, David A. Palmer, and Keping Wu: Religious Philanthropy and Chinese Civil SocietyPart III. Religion, Politics, and the Economy9. David A. Palmer: Religion in Chinese Social and Political History10. Vincent Goossaert: The Social Organization of Religious Communities in the Twentieth Century11. Andre Laliberte: Contemporary Issues in State-Religion Relations12. Fenggang Yang: Market Economy and the Revival of ReligionsPart IV. Global Perspectives13. Richard Madsen and Elijah Siegler: The Globalization of Chinese Religions and TraditionsGlenn Shive: ConclusionGlossarySuggested Further ReadingsIndex