Chinese Religious Life

ISBN : 9780199731398

David A Palmer; Glenn Shive; Philip L. Wickeri
296 ページ
162 x 236 mm

Written by a team of internationally renowned scholars, this volume provides an in-depth introduction to religion in contemporary China. Instead of adopting the traditional focus on pre-modern religious history and doctrinal traditions, Chinese Religious Life examines 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 of religion in contemporary Chinese society.


Introduction Philip Wickeri
Part I: Ways of Being Religious in the Chinese World
1. Spirituality in a Modern Chinese Metropolis, Lizhu Fan and James Whitehead
2. Communal Worship and Festivals in Chinese Villages, Wai-lun Tam
3. The Religious Life of Ethnic Minority Communities, Philip Wickeri and Yik-Fai Tam
4. Modalities of Doing Religion, Adam Chau
Part II. Religion, Culture, and Society
5. The Body: Health, Nation, and Transcendence, David A. Palmer
6. Gender and Sexuality, C. Julia Huang, Elena Valussi, and David A. Palmer
7. Chinese Cosmology and the Environment, Robert Weller
8. Religious Philanthropy and Chinese Civil Society, Andre Laliberte, David A. Palmer, and Keping Wu
Part III. Religion, Politics, and the Economy
9. Religion in Chinese Social and Political History, David A. Palmer
10. The Social Organization of Religious Communities in the Twentieth Century, Vincent Goossaert
11. Contemporary Issues in State-Religion Relations, Andre Laliberte
12. Market Economy and the Revival of Religions, Fenggang Yang
Part IV. Global Perspectives
13. The Globalization of Chinese Religions and Traditions, Richard Madsen and Elijah Siegler
Conclusion, Glenn Shive
Suggested Further Readings


David A. Palmer is an assistant professor in the department of Sociology and fellow of the Centre for Anthropological Research at the University of Hong Kong. His most recent book (co-authored with V. Goossaert) is The Religious Question in Modern China (2011). Glenn Shive is the executive director of the Hong Kong America Center, a consortium of Hong Kong universities promoting academic exchange between the United States and Hong Kong and between the United States and China via universities in Hong Kong. His B.A. in religion and PhD in Chinese history are from Temple University in Philadelphia. Philip L. Wickeri is Advisor to Hong Kong's Anglican Archbishop on Theological and Historical Studies and Adjunct Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies at the Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, California. His most recent book is Reconstructing Christianity in China: K. H. Ting and the Chinese Church (2007).