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Chinese Religious Life

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ISBN-10: 0199731381

ISBN-13: 9780199731381

Edition: 2011

Authors: David A. Palmer, Glenn Shive, Philip L. Wickeri

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Thirty years ago, religion was severely repressed throughout China. Since the end of the Cultural Revolution, however, religious communities have reemerged in vast numbers and many new forms of religious practice have developed. This book offers an introduction to religion in contemporary China. Instead of adopting the traditional focus on pre-modern religious history and doctrinal traditions, Chinese Religious Life is based on the social dimensions of religious 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…    
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Book details

List price: $27.99
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 10/13/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 296
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.836
Language: English

David A. Palmer is assistant professor in the Department of Sociology and fellow of the Centre for Anthropological Research at the University of Hong Kong. He is the author of Qigong Fever: Body, Science, and Utopia in China, among other books.

Contributors
Introduction
Ways of Being Religious in the Chinese World
Spirituality in a Modern Chinese Metropolis
Communal Worship and Festivals in Chinese Villages
The Religious Life of Ethnic Minority Communities
Modalities of Doing Religion
Religion, Culture, and Society
The Body: Health, Nation, and Transcendence
Gender and Sexuality
Chinese Cosmology and the Environment
Religious Philanthropy and Chinese Civil Society
Religion, Politics, and the Economy
Religion in Chinese Social and Political History
The Social Organization of Religious Communities in the Twentieth Century
Contemporary Issues in State-Religion Relations
Market Economy and the Revival of Religions
Global Perspectives
The Globalization of Chinese Religions and Traditions
Conclusion: The Future of Chinese Religious Life
Glossary
Suggested Further Readings
Index