The Sage and the People: The Confucian Revival in China by Sebastien Billioud

The Sage and the People: The Confucian Revival in China

bySebastien Billioud, Joel Thoraval

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Winner of the 2015 Pierre-Antoine Bernheim Prize for the History of Religion by the Academie des Inscriptions et Belles-LettresAfter a century during which Confucianism was viewed by academics as a relic of the imperial past or, at best, a philosophical resource, its striking comeback in Chinese society today raises a number of questions about the role that this ancient tradition might play in a contemporary context. The Sage and the People is the first comprehensive enquiry into the "Confucian revival" that began in China during the 2000s. Based on extensive anthropological fieldwork carried out over eight years in various parts of the country, it explores the re-appropriation and reinvention of popularpractices in fields as diverse as education, self-cultivation, religion, ritual, and politics.The book analyzes the complexity of the "Confucian revival" within the broader context of emerging challenges to such categories as religion, philosophy, and science that prevailed in modernization narratives throughout the last century. Exploring state cults both in Mainland China and Taiwan,authors Sebastien Billioud and Joel Thoraval compare the interplay between politics and religion on the two shores of the Taiwan strait and attempt to shed light on possible future developments of Confucianism in Chinese society.

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Sebastien Billioud is Professor of Chinese Studies at University Paris-Diderot, Sorbonne Paris Cite and Head of the East Asian studies department. Based on a cross-disciplinary approach in anthropology and intellectual history, his research explores the multi-faceted development of contemporary Confucianism. Joel Thoraval is Senior Res...
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Title:The Sage and the People: The Confucian Revival in ChinaFormat:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 9.21 × 6.1 × 0.91 inPublished:September 15, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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AcknowledgmentsIntroductionPart 1 - Jiaohua: The Confucian revival in China as an educative project1. Confucian education during the 20th century: A retrospective outlook2. The new institutionalization of Confucian education3. A modern anti-intellectualism: The body, the child, the peoplePart 2 - Anshen liming or the religious dimension of Confucianism4. "The varieties of religious experience"5. Questioning modern categories6. The quest for the recognition of Confucian religionPart 3 - Between rites and politics: Lijiao7. The Confucius cult: Historical retrospective8. Qufu, 20079. The use and abuse of Confucius10. Between religious ritual and political ceremonial: Cosmology and national stateConclusionEpilogueBibliographyIndex

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"The Sage and the People is a more than welcome addition to the literature on the New Confucian movement underway in today's China. Brilliantly combining a deep knowledge of the Confucian philosophical tradition with anthropological fieldwork in a number of sites in China, this volume is thefirst to take Confucianism outside of a purely intellectual context and to provide a comprehensive description of the shape and extent of the Confucian revival among the Chinese people." --David Ownby, Director of the Center of East Asian Studies and Professor of History, University of Montreal