Since the end of the late twentieth century religion in all its varied forms has come to play an increasingly visible and dynamic role in the transformation of Chinese societies. This vitality of religious practice challenges the secularization theories that are at the heart of modern social science and it directs renewed attention to the role of religion throughout Chinese history. This series features monographs and edited volumes investigating the full range of religious practices in all Chinese societies including Mainland China, Hong Kong and Macau Taiwan as well as overseas Chinese communities throughout Southeast Asia and elsewhere. It includes research from all disciplines in the social sciences and humanities that describes, documents, and interprets religious practices, beliefs, and the many forms of religious community in Chinese societies. In Borrowed Place: Mission Stations and Local Adaption in Early Twentieth Century Human Riika-Leena Juntune creates a microhistorical narrative around the establishment, reception, and development of Lizhon protestant station during the turbulent years of popular nationalism and early communist activity. The book examines the changing place identity around the stations from political, religious, ritual, cultural, and gendered perspectives, revealing a Chinese semi-religious community with varying motivations and in constant dialogue with its surroundings. The group developed its own normative code and hierarchy and it offered both economic and religious benefits according to local models. Yet the developing political situation also meant it had to solve the questions of anti-foreignism to be able to continue its existence.
About the Author
Riika-Leena Juntunen, Ph.D. (2012), University of Oulu, Finland. Currently a visiting scholar in Aalto University Design Factory where her project combines history with our time and investigates regularities around spatial and cultural transfer to China.
Table of Contents
AcknowledgmentsList of Tables and FiguresAbbreviationsMapsIntroductionChapter 1: A Place Called FuyintangChapter 2: Developing Identities Within the Local DiscourseChapter 3: Independent Local CommunitiesChapter 4: How to Resolve the Foreign Problem After 1925?Conclusion: Communal Existence and Continuing PatternsBibliographyIndex