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Chinese Religiosities: Afflictions of Modernity and State Formation / Edition 1

Chinese Religiosities: Afflictions of Modernity and State Formation / Edition 1

by Mayfair Mei-hui Yang
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The long twentieth century in China and Taiwan has seen both a dramatic process of state-driven secularization and modernization and a vigorous revival of contemporary religious life. Chinese Religiosities explores the often vexed relationship between the modern Chinese state and religious practice. The essays in this comprehensive, multidisciplinary collection cover a wide range of traditions, including Buddhism, Daoism, Islam, Confucianism, Protestantism, Falungong, popular religion, and redemptive societies.

Contributors: José Cabezón, Prasenjit Duara, Ryan Dunch, Dru C. Gladney, Vincent Goossaert, Ji Zhe, Ya-pei Kuo, Richard Madsen, Rebecca Nedostup, David Palmer, Benjamin Penny, Mayfair Mei-hui Yang

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780520098640
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 11/04/2008
Series: Global, Area, and International Archive Series
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 472
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Mayfair Mei-hui Yang is Professor of Religious Studies and East Asian Languages and Cultures at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and Professor and Director of Asian Studies at the University of Sydney, Australia.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

Introduction Mayfair Mei-hui Yang 1

Part I Religious Approaches to Citizenship: The Traffic Between Religious Orders and the Secular National Order

1 Religion and Citizenship in China and the Diaspora Prasenjit Duara 43

2 Redeploying Confucius: The Imperial State Dreams of the Nation, 1902-1911 Ya-pei Kuo 65

Part II State Discourse and the Transformation of Religious Communities

3 Ritual Competition and the Modernizing Nation-State Rebecca Nedostup 87

4 Heretical Doctrines, Reactionary Secret Societies, Evil Cults: Labeling Heterodoxy in Twentieth-Century China David A. Palmer 113

5 Animal Spirits, Karmic Retribution, Falungong, and the State Benjamin Penny 135

6 Christianity and "Adaptation to Socialism" Ryan Dunch 155

7 Islam and Modernity in China: Secularization or Separatism? Dru C. Gladney 179

Part III The Reinvention and Control of Religious Institutions

8 Republican Church Engineering: The National Religious Associations in 1912 China Vincent Goossaert 209

9 Secularization as Religious Restructuring: Statist Institutionalization of Chinese Buddhism and Its Paradoxes Ji Zhe 233

10 State Control of Tibetan Buddhist Monasticism in the People's Republic of China Jose Ignacio Cabezon 261

Part IV Taiwan and Transnational Chinese Religiosity

11 Religious Renaissance and Taiwan's Modern Middle Classes Richard Madsen 295

12 Goddess across the Taiwan Strait: Matrifocal Ritual Space, Nation-State, and Satellite Television Footprints Mayfair Mei-hui Yang 323

Notes 349

Bibliography 377

Glossary and Chinese Proper Names 437

Contributors 451

Index 455

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