Constructing China's Jerusalem: Christians, Power, and Place in Contemporary Wenzhou

Constructing China's Jerusalem: Christians, Power, and Place in Contemporary Wenzhou

by Nanlai Cao
     
 

ISBN-10: 0804773602

ISBN-13: 9780804773607

Pub. Date: 11/04/2010

Publisher: Stanford University Press

Drawing on extensive ethnographic fieldwork and in-depth life history interviews, this illuminating book provides an intimate portrait of contemporary Chinese Christianity in the context of a modern, commercialized economy. In vivid detail, anthropologist Nanlai Cao explores the massive resurgence of Protestant Christianity in the southeastern coastal city of

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Drawing on extensive ethnographic fieldwork and in-depth life history interviews, this illuminating book provides an intimate portrait of contemporary Chinese Christianity in the context of a modern, commercialized economy. In vivid detail, anthropologist Nanlai Cao explores the massive resurgence of Protestant Christianity in the southeastern coastal city of Wenzhou-popularly referred to by its residents as "China's Jerusalem"-a nationwide model for economic development and the largest urban Christian center in China.

Cao's study of Chinese Christians delves into the dynamics of activities such as banqueting, network building, property acquisition, mate selection, marriage ritual, migrant work, and education. Unlike previous research that has mainly looked at older, rural, and socially marginalized church communities, Cao trains his focus on economically powerful, politically connected, moralizing Christian entrepreneurs. In framing the city of Wenzhou as China's Jerusalem, newly rich Chinese Christians seek not only to express their leadership aspirations in a global religious movement but also to assert their place, identity, and elite status in post-reform Chinese society.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780804773607
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
Publication date:
11/04/2010
Series:
Contemporary Issues in Asia and Pacific Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
232
Sales rank:
1,049,431
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

List of Maps, Illustrations, and Tables ix

Acknowledgments xi

1 Introduction: Putting Christianity and Capitalism in Their Place 1

2 The Rise of "Boss Christians" and Their Engagement with State Power 24

3 Of Manners, Morals, and Modernity: Cosmopolitan Desires and the Remaking of Christian Identity 42

4 The Business of Religion in the "Wenzhou Model" of Christian Revival 74

5 Gendered Agency, Gender Hierarchy, and Religious Identity Making 97

6 Conversion to Urban Citizenship: Rural Migrant Workers' Participation in Wenzhou Christianity 126

7 Conclusion: Religious Revivalism as a Moral Discourse of Modernity 163

Character List 173

Notes 181

References 197

Index 209

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