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Religion in contemporary China : revitalization and by Adam Yuet Chau

By Adam Yuet Chau

This e-book offers a wide-ranging and in-depth survey of latest non secular practices in China. It explains how fresh fiscal reforms and concurrent rest of non secular polices have created fertile flooring for the revitalization of quite a lot of non secular practices and relates this to bigger problems with social and cultural continuity and change.

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2006) “Yizuo bowuguan-miaoyu jianzhu de minzuzhi: lun chengwei zhengzhi yishu de shuangmingzhi” (An Ethnography of a Building both as Museum and Temple: On the Double-naming Method as Arts of Politics), Shehuixue yanjiu (Sociological Studies) 121(1): 154–68. —— (2007) “Understanding the Revival and Survival of Grass-Roots Associations in China: The Perspective of Four Categories of Legitimacy,” Horizontes Antropologicos 13(27): 49–68. Gates, H. (1985) “Money for the Gods,” Modern China 13(3): 259–77.

Flower, J. M. (2004) “A Road is Made: Roads, Temples, and Historical Memory in Ya’an County, Sichuan,” Journal of Asian Studies 63(3): 649–85. Flower, J. and P. Leonard (1998) “Defining Cultural Life in the Chinese Countryside: The Case of the Chuan Zhu Temple,” in E. B. Vermeer, F. N. Pieke and Chong Woei Lien Introduction 27 (eds), Cooperative and Collective in China’s Rural Development: Between State and Private Interests, Armonk, NY: M. E. Sharpe, pp. 273–90. Gao Bingzhong (2004) “Zhishifenzi, minjian, yu yige simiao bowuguan de dansheng” (Intellectuals, the Folk, and the Creation of a Temple-Museum), Minjian Wenhua Luntan 3: 13–18.

Gareth Fisher’s chapter, “Morality books and the regrowth of lay Buddhism,” examines how the distribution of morality texts (shanshu) has contributed to the scope and character of lay Buddhist revival in contemporary China. The distribution of tracts, booklets, and religious texts that use Buddhist teachings to prescribe ethical behavior is a well-documented tradition that dates back many centuries. The modern-day distribution of morality texts serves the role Introduction 21 of spreading Buddhist teachings among mainland Chinese who have newly converted to the religion following many years when the practice of Buddhism was discouraged or banned outright.

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